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Eddie Jackson sets record on one-year anniversary of broken leg

Carolina Panthers v Chicago Bears

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Eddie Jackson #39 of the Chicago Bears reacts after the Bears intercepted the football in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field on October 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Bears defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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October 22, 2016 wasn’t a very good day for Bears safety Eddie Jackson.

That’s the day when Jackson broke his leg in what turned out to be his final game at the University of Alabama. That injury didn’t stop the Bears from picking Jackson up in the fourth round of the draft and that choice led to a much better October 22 this time around.

Jackson returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown and later picked off Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for a 76-yard touchdown in Chicago’s 17-3 victory. The NFL says that Jackson is the first player in NFL history with two defensive touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the same game.

He’s also the first player with fumble return and interception return touchdowns in the same game since 2007 and the first Bears defender with two scores in a game since 1948.

October 22 will be a Monday next year. Here’s hoping the NFL schedules the Bears for a game.