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Who is Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson?

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Who is Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson?

J.C. Jackson's Patriots debut came on Sept. 23 vs the Lions. Though, it was the following week vs the Dolphins when Jackson made his presence felt with his first career interception.

Since then, Jackson has turned himself into a key contributor for the Patriots defense. The rookie totaled six interceptions in the regular season, including INTs in three straight weeks vs the Steelers, Bills, and Jets.

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Age: 23

Position: Cornerback

College: Maryland

Drafted: Signed with Patriots as an undrafted free agent in May 2018.

2018 stats: 13 games, 23 tackles, three interceptions.

Did you know?: Jackson's full name is Jerald Christopher Jackson.

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'20 Under 25': Ranking the top young Boston athletes for 2020

'20 Under 25': Ranking the top young Boston athletes for 2020

With Tom Brady still excelling at 42 and Zdeno Chara the oldest active player in the NHL, Boston is well represented in the over-40 athlete set. 

But look at the other end of the spectrum, and you can see that there's a bright future for Boston's teams, with a host of up-and-coming stars succeeding before their 25th birthday.

Rafael Devers is leading the American League in several offensive categories, and the Red Sox third baseman should be in the MVP conversation at only 22 years old.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown should make even bigger leaps this season for the Celtics, now that they're assuming larger roles.

Between David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy, the Bruins have young offensive and defensive stars who should lead the team for a long time to come.

And from N'Keal Harry and Sony Michel on the offense to J.C. Jackson and Chase Winovich on the defense, the Patriots look to have several young players who can take the reins and keep New England's run of success going for a third straight decade.

But which of those athletes has the brightest future? We asked fans to rank the under-25 set from 1-100 on what their peak video game rating would be at the peak of their careers — and when all was said and done, four players grabbed a rating of 90-plus.

Click here for NBC Sports Boston's "20 Under 25" rankings for 2020.>>>>>

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Best performances from Boston athletes after turning 40 years old

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Best performances from Boston athletes after turning 40 years old

Tom Brady is defying the odds. 

The Patriots quarterback is celebrating his 42nd birthday Saturday and the GOAT is still one of the best players in the NFL. His peers just ranked him as No. 6 on the Top 100 players from the 2018 season.

But Brady isn't ready to call it quits. He has repeatedly cited a desire to play until he's 45, and it would be foolish to bet against him at this point.

He's already had more success after turning 40 than most quarterbacks do over their entire career, but he's not the only athlete to not just play, but thrive, after age 40.

From Robert Parish to Ted Williams to Zdeno Chara to David Ortiz, Boston sports history is full of great seasons from the "over-the-hill" set.

Click here for our list of the best performances from Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots after turning 40 years old.>>>>>

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