Eddie Jackson , a defensive back, played for the Dolphins in 2005 and 2006. He initially entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2004 with the Carolina Panthers. With Miami, he appeared in 29 games, starting three, and recorded two passes defensed and 25 tackles. Near the end of the 2006 season, Jackson tore his ACL and was placed on injured reserve. The Dolphins did not tender him as a restricted free agent after the season and he joined the New England Patriots in 2007. He broke his wrist in Week 3 of that season, missing the rest of the year before making a final comeback attempt with the Washington Redskins in 2008, but was released during training camp.
The last time we saw Jackson, he was being eliminated from the Fox network's Master Chef. He had made it into the top ten on the show, had one a "mystery box" challenge win during the contest. He was paired with fellow contestant Jessie Lysiak during his final appearance, with the two players taking turns to make a full platter of sushi. The two clearly brought up the worst of the three platters presented to judges Chef Gordon Ramsey, Chef Graham Elliot, and Restaurateur Joe Bastianich. In the end, the three judges decided that Jackson, who had over seasoned the rice, was the weak link between the two contestants.
Jackson finished in eighth place in the 2013 contest.
Two years later, and Jackson has been cooking and competing again, this time on the Food Network's Food Network Star. And, Jackson was not leaving early this time, making in through the 10-week competition to appear in the final against two other competitors. At the end of the show, Jackson was crowned the champion, winning the competition and earning himself a show on the Food Network. The new show, BBQ Blitz, will air this fall on Food Network.