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While he’s no longer tackling wide receivers on the gridiron, former NFL cornerback Eddie Jackson has kicked off a new culinary career. And now, he’s taking over the Food Network with his very own show. Come inside to meet the sexy chef, personal trainer and NOW television show host inside….

We have a new crush! And we’re sure after reading up on him, you will too!

Meet former NFL player turned private chef Eddie Jackson. He’s a man of many talents and, as you can see, is pretty damn sexy.

The 33-year-old Houston native is the recent Season 11 winner of “Food Network Star.” His healthy eats with a bold Caribbean flare along with his charm and love for the camera helped bring him out on top.

Now, he’s set to host his very show on the Food Network titled “BBQ Blitz,” which premieres this Friday, October 9th at 10:30/9:30c. So mark those calendars.

He caught our eye on “The Chew” today, so we had to bring you this fresh meat face and put the spotlight on the super talented private chef.

After attending the University of Arkansas, Eddie joined the NFL in 2004 when the Carolina Panthers signed him as an undrafted free agent. He was traded to the Miami Dolphins soon after where he tore his ACL in 2006 and wasn’t re-signed. He tried to make a comeback in 2008, but realized he wasn’t the same after his knee injury, so life led him down another career path. Cooking!

These days he’s a private chef who owns his own Caribbean Grill food truck based in Houston. He’s also a personal trainer helping to whip his clients into tiptop shape.

He LOVES to grill…and we love watching him do it. (And he LOVES tacos. Yum!)

Eddie is a die-hard Arkansas Razorbacks fan after playing for his college for years there.

And a dog lover. Aww…

Check out a few of his delicious-looking dishes he whipped up below:

Hungry yet?

Here are a few videos he shared on Instagram of him training his clients and getting down in the kitchen:

A video posted by EDDIE JACKSON (@fitchefeddie) on Dec 18, 2014 at 6:24am PST

A video posted by EDDIE JACKSON (@fitchefeddie) on Feb 18, 2014 at 7:12pm PST

A video posted by EDDIE JACKSON (@fitchefeddie) on Jun 20, 2015 at 11:18am PDT

A video posted by EDDIE JACKSON (@fitchefeddie) on Jul 31, 2015 at 4:39am PDT


Check out Eddie’s emotional reaction after he was just recently named the newest “Next Food Network Star”:

“BBQ Blitz” premieres this Friday at 10:30pm ET on the Food Network.

Photos: Food Network/Eddie’s IG

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