Jackson has announced his AFL retirement effective immediately due to a heavy toll of injuries his body has taken.
In a shock at Punt Road, Richmond reigning best and fairest winner Daniel Jackson has announced his retirement from AFL football, effective immediately.
Jackson, who played 156 games and kicked 61 goals in an 11-year career with the Tigers told his teammates on Friday morning that his injury-hit body could not longer take the rigors of elite football.
The 28-year-old was named in his side’s 25-man squad to face Port Adelaide in Sunday’s elimination final at Adelaide Oval, however his decision to hang up the boots immediately means he will be replaced in the squad by Ben Lennon.
Jackson was restricted to just ten games in 2014 after an interrupted pre-season, and suffered with hip and glute injuries during the year.
The midfielder was recruited by Richmond from Carey Grammar at pick 53 overall in the 2003 AFL National Draft.
He made his senior league debut with the Tigers as an 18-year-old in Round 16, 2004 against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium and eventually forced his way into the side due to his strong build and hunger for the contest.
Jackson won the Jack Dyer medal in 2012 after playing a major role in breaking the Tigers’ 12-year finals drought.