A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Steven Jackson:One of the best backs in the business
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)—Under-rated and Unappreciated.
Those are just a few words to describe the St.Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson.
Because ever since he entered the league in 2004 as the 24th draft pick, he has done everything possible to help this struggling franchise become relevant again.
Matter of fact, Jackson, despite a 2-14 record last year, was still able to gain 1,145 yards and score six touchdowns.
Despite his efforts, the Rams have lost 65 games with him in the back field, since 2007 to 2011.
This, unfortunate stat, gives Jackson the all-time lowest winning percentage (.292) among running backs who’ve gained at least 5,000 rushing and 7,500 yards for scrimmage.
This is one reason NFL fans overlook Jackson while praising the Minnesota Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson.
But many football junkies, fail to realize that Jackson has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past seven seasons.
Jackson, in fact, is averaging 83.5 yards per game since 2007, which ranks third in the NFL.
As you can see, Jackson’s resume is impressive, despite not winning many games with the Rams or making the playoffs, which the Rams haven’t done since 2004 of his rookie season.
Career wise, he, is the Rams all-time leading rusher with close to 10,000 yards on the ground, which surpassed Eric Dickerson’s 7,245 career yard total with the Rams from 1983 to 1988.
He also played in three Pro Bowls. Plus, named to the All Pro team in 2006 and 2009 and led the league in rushing in 2009.
Seriously, he is not a scrub.
He is a big-time NFL running back.
Matter of fact, he is one of the best.
Plus, he isn’t afraid of contact.
Therefore, there won’t be any tip-toeing through the tulips from this 6’2, 240 pound power back. Because, he simply dips his head down and bull-dozers his way through the arms of would be tacklers.
And even though Sam Bradford maybe considered the future face of the franchise, Jackson is still the meat and the potatoes of this football team.
With Jackson becoming an unrestricted free agent in March, however,the Rams have some difficult decisions to make, whether the keep Jackson or trade him.
Either or, he will be a valuable asset to any team he plays for.