Former pro football player being honored as Ozark hometown hero

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Ozark is adding a new addition to its downtown area that creators hope will honor a local football legend.

The city of Ozark began a new beautification project Friday afternoon with a new mural to honor a hometown hero former pro football player, Wilbur Jackson.

Although Jackson has had an extensive football career, he now serves the Ozark community to the best of his ability.

“Mr. Jackson was a graduate of Carroll high, went to the University of Alabama, was the first African American to receive a scholarship to the University of Alabama under Coach Paul Bear Bryant, and he went on to play football first round draft pick with the San Francisco 49ers, later the Washington red skins, and won a super bowl ring.” City Clerk Denise Strickland said. “Mr. Jackson moved back to Ozark to start a business, came back home, and this is just a little token to say thank you for loving Ozark and for representing it so well.”

The mural is not only a way to celebrate Wilbur Jackson, but also a way for the community to show its pride for their city.

“It’s amazing to see people come together and take pride in their community, and I think that’s what we’ve missed a little bit in the past, and we’ve got to get community pride going.” Strickland said. “And you always have to love where you live. That’s our slogan that the city has adopted.”

This mural is scheduled to be finished in four to six weeks, but there are plans for more in the future.

If you would like to help fund the mural projects, you can purchase a new car decorative license plate or give a monetary donation at Ozark city hall.

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