Andrew Jackson overcoming adversity to star for Mudbugs


Andrew Jackson said, “I feel like every time he’s here watching me it drives me to do better than what I have been.”

It has been more than two months since Andrew Jackson scored a goal, but when he found the back of the nent against the Topeka Pilots, his father was in attendance for the first time since he began playing in the NAHL three years ago. 

Andrew Jackson said, “My mom and dad both work so they can’t schedule everybody to come. He was really proud he liked the atmosphere and everything so to score a goal meant everything.” 

Family influence has had a special impact in his life since day one, having been adopted at birth. 

Andrew Jackson said, “I’m like mixed and my parents are white and like sometimes people wouldn’t believe me I’d be like hey meet my mom and dad and they’d be uncomfortable.”

That discomfort was nothing compared to what he was dealt with in his youth playing hockey. 

Andrew Jackson said, “I’ve had to deal with a lot of people using racial slurs. Telling me like hockey is not my sport and go play basketball and I tended to sound it out.” 

Today and as a Shreveport Mudbug, things are much different. 

Jason Campbell said “Your teammate is your teammate it doesn’t matter there is no color, inside that lockeroom those are your brothers and nothing else matters.”

As you grow up people mature more and realize it’s not right to say any racial slur towards any race. 

The only way you’ll find Jackson on the ice, is with a smile.

Andrew Jackson said, “You should never be embarassed about who you are. Everybody has a purpose that’s why I always have a smile on my face its contagious.” 

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