Saints Hall of Fame member Rickey Jackson was discharged from Tulane University Medical Center on Saturday after successful brain surgery that was performed on Wednesday, according to former Saints trainer Dean Kleinschmidt per NOLA.com.
Jackson had a subdural hematoma after a recent fall and the swelling made a surgical procedure required to get rid of the clot and relieve the pressure.
A subdural hematoma develops when a blood vessel or vessels ruptures around the surface of the brain. Blood is collected under the dura mater, the outermost layer of the brain’s protective covering. The pressure from the swelling can result in headaches, dizziness, blurred or double vision, seizures and loss of consciousness.
“(Jackson is) home resting comfortably now, according to his daughter Rickeyah and watching Georgia-Alabama,” Kleinschmidt said Saturday night according to NOLA. “It’s a good news report, and I’m certain he’ll be talking to everyone soon!”
Jackson, Pat Swilling, Sam Mills and Vaughan Johnson, Jackson were members of the Saints’ vaunted Dome Patrol linebacking unit.
In that span in the mid-1980s and early 1990, the Saints’ defense reached levels it never had before.
During his outstanding 13-season career, Jackson amassed five Pro Bowl invitations, was selected as an All-Pro four times and sat out just two games due to injury, which happened because of an off-the-field, automobile accident in 1989.
Jackson donned a customized helmet and played with his jaw wired for the remainder of the 1989 season and still finished with 7.5 sacks that year.
Jackson retired from the league after the 1995 season and earned induction into the Saints Hall of Fame two years later. Jackson made history in 2010 as the first full-time Saints player to be selected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.