Steven Jackson left the St. Louis Rams in 2013 in pursuit of playing for a winning football team but chose wrongly in the Atlanta Falcons, who bottomed out to have only 10 wins in the last two seasons combined, enough to get Head Coach Mike Smith fired.
Steven Jackson been in the league 11 years and none of his teams won more than 8 games.
— Not Ameen ⚫️ (@ScalabrineStan) May 16, 2015
Now that Steven Jackson has been released after the second-year of a three year-contract, he’d like one more attempt at playing for a winner.
In an interview with ESPN.com, via Foxsports.com, Jackson revealed he’s not ready to retire, but, instead, ready to win:
“That’s the thing. I have all the things I’ve accomplished personally, but I’ve still never been on a team that won more than eight games. That would be definitely one of the things that I’m looking for is that opportunity in my next chapter.
I don’t want to go to a team that is rebuilding and needs me to come on and teach guys how to be professional. I’ve done that. I’ve been more than vocal about wanting to help young guys, but at some point I have to be a little selfish. I want to be part of a winning team because when I do hang up my cleats, I can see a lot of people holding that over my head when a lot of it was out of my control.”
While Jackson may be ready to play for a winner, the NFL may be ready to quit on him, to send the NFL’s 16th all-time leading rusher into the sunset. And, frankly, it’d be justified. Jackson has lost nearly all acceleration, and is basically a more plodding version of Matt Asiata.
Statistics back up this arguement as well. Jackson, who had 8 straight 1,000+ yard seasons, now has had less than 750 yards in the past two seasons while averaging his lowest YPC averages ever (3.5 and 3.7, respectively).
If/when Jackson does fade out into that good night though (which seems very near), he wants to retire with the team he’ll always be identified with, the Rams.
“I definitely want to retire as a Ram. It’s definitely something I want and that would be to go back. … I’ll never forget standing in that meeting room and watching Isaac Bruce retire. When I saw that up close and personal, I said I want that for myself whenever I retire.”
It’s almost certain the Rams will welcome Jackson back with open arms, sign him for a one-day deal, and be (eventually) inducted into their Ring of Honor.
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