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Joe Jackson grew up in a good Christian home in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Joe struggled as a youth with a lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem.  Standing almost six-feet-tall, one hundred, and seventy-six-pounds in only the sixth grade, Joe towered over his friends and classmates.  This distinction made him different.  He felt odd, weird, and clumsy. He sought acceptance from friends and gleaned in their approval.  To be thought of as special in the eyes of his peers meant everything.  Soon poor choices and peer pressure led Joe to juvenile detention with reform school on the horizon.  He began to see his dream to one day play in the NFL slip away – not to mention the big disappointment he was to parents and family.  Joe needed a priority change.  He needed God. The Lord began to graciously work in Joe Jackson’s life.  He gave his heart to Jesus Christ during his freshman year at New Mexico State University.  Through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, The Navigators and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Joe’s life was dramatically changed.