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NEW YORK -- The colors of Brandon Jacksons short life filled the church and helped tell his tale of promise and purpose. Nicky Lopez Jersey .The bright green and gold jerseys on the dozens of high school football players, just like the ones Jackson used to wear. The NYPD blue on the colleagues of his mother, Morna Davis, a police detective. The white and gray uniforms worn by 10 bus-loads of U.S. Military Academy cadets who made the trip from West Point to say goodbye to a teammate, classmate and brother.The framed black jersey with the dark gold 28, the number Jackson wore while quickly becoming one of the Black Knights best players in a college football career that lasted just 14 games.Hundreds of people came together Monday at a funeral for Jackson, the sophomore cornerback killed in a one-car accident during the early morning hours of Sept. 11 at the age of 20.He was remembered for his uplifting smile and infectious confidence. For rapping 50 Cent lyrics on the school bus and pushing teammates to lift more weight than even coaches required of them. For an accent that mixed Queens with a splash of Savannah, Georgia. For never giving his mom a reason to raise her hand to him. And for leaving her a new extended family.You will never have to worry years from now if this group of men will remember your son, Academy superintendent Lt. Gen Robert L. Caslen said to Davis, an Iraq war veteran of the Army reserves. You may have lost Brandon, but you have gained about 120 new sons. And about 4,000 cadets.Photos of Jackson were displayed on two large video boards at the front of The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in the Jamaica section of Queens. They told the story of a life barely 20 years lived, and it was jam packed, the Rev. Alfonso Wyatt said during a rousing and rhythmic eulogy.Baby Brandon with a Big Bird doll bigger than him. Brandon in his Bayside Raiders Pee Wee football uniform. Celebrating at track meets. Prom. Graduation. Receiving his acceptance to the academy. Playing for the Black Knights.The accident that killed Jackson occurred about 20 miles south of the West Point campus in Westchester County. The crash, which remains under investigation, happened several hours after Army had defeated Rice in the Black Knights home opener at Michie Stadium.The team returned to the practice field a few days later and last Saturday improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1996 with a 66-14 victory at UTEP.Through you, his spirit was on the field, Jacksons uncle, Fitzgerald Miller, told his teammates.The Black Knights play at Buffalo on Saturday.When Davis was deployed, Jackson was sent to live with his grandparents in Savannah. It is in Georgia where he will be buried, Miller said.Out of loyalty to his mother, Jackson developed a love for Army football.We can beat them boys, Miller recalled a young Brandon saying.Who is we? his uncle asked.Army. Army can beat Navy, Miller said was the boys reply.Jackson mostly grew up in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens and attended Holy Cross High School, a bus ride away in Flushing. The school has a tradition of playing some of the best football in the city. Recent graduates include former Stanford receiver Devon Cajuste and Carolina Panthers safety Dean Marlowe.Longtime former Holy Cross coach Tom Pugh, who retired after the 2014 season, said he went to West Point to watch Jackson in the Army spring game this year. Pugh said he told Jackson the old coach expected his former player to make an interception during the intrasquad scrimmage.And he started laughing, Pugh said. He goes: `Coach, this is Army. We dont throw the ball.And guess what, he got a pick in the spring game. He pointed up to the seats where I was. He was special. Special young man.Jackson was being recruited by Lafayette College in Pennsylvania during high school, but when the coach recruiting him, John Loose, was hired by Army head coach Jeff Monken, the opportunity to play for the Black Knights became a reality.Jackson earned a starting job as a freshman and had 68 career tackles and three interceptions.Brandon embodied everything it means to be part of this brotherhood, Army linebacker and co-captain Andrew King said. Because of him, were not afraid of failure.Monken said Jackson had a disarming smile.Even after a mistake on the field, I couldnt stay mad at him, Monken said.Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo and members of his staff attended the service. Monken worked as an assistant for Niumatalolo at Navy from 2002-07.The program mourners received at the church had printed on the front over a photo of Jackson: Celebration of a Life Full of Promise and Purpose. A two-hour viewing preceded the service, the casket half open to display Jackson in cadets full dress and white cap. The service was about two hours and ended with Wyatt imploring those gathered to keeping on marching.March through the tears. March through the fears. March through your pain. Keep on marching, he said to applause and replies of Amen.When it was over, the cadets, police officers and high school football players lined the usually busy two-lane street in front of the cathedral. Six cadets carried Brandons casket, covered with an American flag, out of the church and slid it into a hearse as the rows of cadets saluted and a police officer played bagpipes.The black car was filled with flowers, then drove away. Those left behind cried, hugged and slowly dispersed, making it clear that Wyatts words from earlier would ring true.This is a seminal moment. A defining moment, Wyatt preached. You will remember No. 28.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at and the APs college football site at David Cone Jersey . The 26-year-old Ireland striker, who has four goals this season, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with his new club. Edinson Volquez Jersey .J. Jefferson has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend. . Ryan Garbutt had a goal and two assists as Dallas snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. SAN DIEGO -- Defensive end Joey Bosa ended his monthlong holdout Monday when he signed a four-year contract with the San Diego Chargers.The team announced the signing five days after the two sides went public in their nasty spat over payment of Bosas $17 million signing bonus and whether the contract would have offset language. The signing also came a day after San Diegos defense played poorly in a 23-10 exhibition loss at Minnesota.Im happy to be here and there is no animosity between us, Bosa said. Its just a matter of business and Im happy to have it out of the way. I am very relieved. I knew this was going to get done. I was surprised how long it took. Of course I would have loved to have been out there with my teammates but the NFL is a business.We just wanted what was fair and what people in that position got the last four or five years, Bosa added.Coach Mike McCoy said he heard of Bosa agreeing to terms before Sundays game and said he had to keep it to myself.Hes here to help us win and I told the team hes here to help us win, McCoy said. Regardless of when he got here, lets go.The Chargers threatened last Wednesday to reduce their offer to Bosa under the assumption he wouldnt be ready to play a full season. Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick out of Ohio State, was the last rookie to sign. The Chargers said last week that they had given Bosas agents their best offer and that it was rejected. Brian Ayrault, Bosas main representative, replied with his own statement saying the team had manipulated the facts and that going public would not strengthen the teams relationship with the player.There was no immediate indication of what led to the deal getting done.Bosa said hes capable of playing in the opener on Sept. 11 at the KKansas City Chiefs. Jim Sundberg Jersey. .Im obviously a step behind the other guys this late into the game, Bosa said. I trust the coaches and they obviously have a plan ready for me. Im just not sure what that is.Bosa also discussed his mothers involvement in the public side of the contract dispute. Earlier this month, Cheryl Bosa posted a remark toward the Chargers on Facebook. In a reply to someone frustrated by the impasse, she wrote: It bums me out for him so much. Wish we pulled an Eli Manning on draft day.On Thursday, Cheryl Bosa retweeted an article critical of the Chargers and added the comment, The Chargers were petty and terrible even before they tried to stiff Joey Bosa.What do you expect a mom to do? Bosa said. She loves me, she wants whats best for me and she made a dumb decision, like I have before, saying something she shouldnt have said on social media. She honestly had no idea it was public, she thought, because she was sending it to somebody else. Leave it to a mom to mess up on Facebook.Bosas father, John, is a former first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins. He held out for 41 days as a rookie.Bosa missed 31 days but said he followed a stringent workout regimen while away.I was doing everything I could to be ready when I showed up here, Bosa said. I think Ive put myself in the best possible shape I could be in.The Bosa spat came amid the Chargers push for a ballot initiative that will ask voters for a $1.1 billion subsidy via an increase in the hotel tax to help pay for a new stadium and convention center downtown.---Online: and ' ' ' 

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