Back in 2005, the current Panthers wide receivers coach — then a wideout for the Browns — exploded onto the scene with a career game, piling up eight receptions for 128 yards with a touchdown in a season-opening loss to the Bengals.
"I was the highest one-week pickup in fantasy football history," Jackson recalled recently.
But after making just one catch for 11 yards the next week, the opposite happened.
"I was the highest dropped player in the history of fantasy football," Jackson continued. "So you would think after the 2005 season, that would be the end of it — you wouldn't hear about it again. But however long it's been, 15 years later, I'm still hearing about, 'Don't be a Frisman Jackson.'"
That may be the most notable aspect of Jackson's four-year playing career, during which he totaled 40 receptions for 490 yards and that lone touchdown against the Bengals. Still, that's not bad for an undrafted receiver out of Western Illinois.
But Jackson has since been able to parlay what he learned as a player into a successful career as a wide receivers coach at both the college and pro level. He's shared stints with head coach Matt Rhule at both Temple and Baylor, giving Jackson a good sense of how Rhule will run the football operation in Carolina.
"He's one of the smartest football coaches I've ever been around. He knows all the positions. He tries to act like he doesn't, but he does," Jackson said.
"I appreciate his knowledge of the game, and I've learned so much football in the five years that I've worked with him. It's unbelievable the amount of football I've learned, even outside of the normal offense or defense. It's how to manage the game, how to manage a team."
Seven years before joining Rhule's staff at Temple, Jackson got his start in coaching at Western Illinois, where he finished his college career as a wideout. But before that, Jackson was a quarterback at Northern Illinois. Though by his admission, he wasn't a very good one.
"Well, I like to say I was a quarterback. I don't know if my coaches from college would agree with me," Jackson said with a laugh.
And he knows why he had to switch positions even to have a chance as a pro.
"When you're playing terrible at quarterback, you can't hide from it," said Jackson, who was 109-of-259 for 1,327 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions in 21 games. "I was playing so bad that they said, 'You know what? It's about time for you to move.'"
While Jackson admits there's a part of him that wishes he would've changed positions sooner — "I probably would've gotten drafted and played 15 years in the NFL," he joked — that quarterback experience has helped him in his current career.