Posted On: 01/25/17 9:45 PM

To Minneapolis North senior Jamire Jackson, the Polars’ 2016 state football title meant something beyond being the best team in Class A and the first Minneapolis public school to win a state football title in almost 40 years.

Jackson’s father Tony died in January 2014 after he contracted pneumonia following a surgical procedure. It was devastating to a freshman boy whose father was an integral part of his involvement with athletics.

When the final seconds ran off the U.S. Bank Stadium clock in Prep Bowl XXXV, Jackson said he felt an unbelievable sense of accomplishment.

“I know my father was watching,” Jackson said via email. “Everything I did on that field was for him, so I know he's pretty proud of me.”

Jackson’s personal tribulations after his father’s death were chronicled in the Minneapolis Star Tribune last fall. He told NFN that people would be shocked to believe how much his attitude -- both on and off the field -- has changed since first playing varsity football in 2013.

“I was one of those kids

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