Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson
Jackson with the St. Louis Rams
No. 39
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1983-07-22) July 22, 1983
Las Vegas, Nevada
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Las Vegas (NV) Eldorado
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts: 2,764
Rushing yards: 11,438
Rushing touchdowns: 69
Receptions: 461
Receiving yards: 3,683
Receiving touchdowns: 9
Player stats at

Steven Rashad Jackson (born July 22, 1983) is a former American football running back. He played college football for Oregon State and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.

Jackson holds the Rams franchise record for most rushing yards, and is a member of the 10,000 yard rushing club.

Early years

Jackson was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was a running back for Eldorado High School. He was named the Sunrise Regional MVP and rushed for 6,396 yards and 81 touchdowns for the Sundevils. Eldorado lost in the state final his senior year to McQueen High School (Reno, Nevada). He also lettered four years in track and field, recording a 10.6 in the 100 meters as a junior, and was a member of the 4 × 100 m (42.64 s) relay squad.[1]

Jackson's subsequent success has been credited with prompting college football programs to take more interest in players in the Las Vegas area.[2] This success also led to Jackson's induction into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.[3]

College career

Jackson attended Oregon State University, where he played for the Oregon State Beavers football team for three seasons (2001–2003). In 36 games, he carried 743 times for 3,625 yards for a 4.9-yard average and 39 touchdowns while adding 680 yards and 6 touchdowns on 66 catches and 240 yards with a touchdown on 7 kickoff returns. His 4,545 all-purpose yards rank second in school history, while he ranks third on the school's all-time scoring list with 276 points. In his sophomore season, Jackson led the Pac-10 Conference in rushing and finished the season eighth nationally with 1,690 yards; an average of 130 yards per game. As a junior, he ranked tenth in the nation in rushing, ninth in all-purpose yardage, and fourth in scoring; he carried the ball 350 times for 1,545 yards and 19 touchdowns, adding 44 receptions for 470 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 2,015 all-purpose yards set an Oregon State school record.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1 12 in
(1.87 m)
231 lb
(105 kg)
4.45 s 4.09 s 7.03 s 37.5 in
(0.95 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
16 reps 28
All values from Oregon State Pro Day,[4] except for Wonderlic score.
* erroneously lists this as 4.45 in the top section. Correct time is lower on the page.

Jackson was overlooked by several teams in 2004, most likely due to a knee injury suffered during his last year at Oregon State that kept him from participating in drills at the 2004 NFL Combine. Jackson had surgery on the knee after the college season, but required additional surgery after his rookie year to ensure its complete rehabilitation. In an interview with CBS Sports' Pete Prisco on how the knee injury had affected his play, Jackson said "I never felt right. Now it does."[5][6]

St. Louis Rams

Jackson was drafted 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. The Rams swapped picks with the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals to get Jackson. Denver traded Deltha O'Neal to Cincinnati for their first round pick. Then, St. Louis traded up to Cincinnati's selection to grab Jackson while the Bengals chose Chris Perry to replace the departed Corey Dillon, who was traded to the New England Patriots.

On July 30, 2004, Jackson signed a five-year, $7 million deal with the Rams, which included a $2.05 million signing bonus. In his 2004 rookie season, he was a backup under Marshall Faulk. Despite the limited playing time, he rushed 134 times for 673 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns, and had 19 receptions for 189 yards.

With Faulk aging, Jackson was named the Rams' starting running back for the 2005 season. Jackson had 1,046 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns on 254 attempts, and caught 43 passes for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns.

After the dismissal of head coach Mike Martz, 2006 became Jackson's breakout season. With Scott Linehan as the new head coach, the Rams had a more balanced offensive attack. Jackson ran 346 times for 1,528 yards and 13 touchdowns and led all running backs when he caught 90 passes for 806 yards, and adding 3 touchdowns. He also led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 2,334. For his efforts, Jackson was named to his first Pro Bowl and received one vote for the 2006 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award.[7] He was also named the Rams MVP of 2006.

During the Rams' dismal 2007 season, Jackson lashed out at fans and expressed distaste with the music played in the Edward Jones Dome. After the season, with one year left on his rookie contract, Jackson believed he was underpaid and held out of training camp. On August 21, 2008, Jackson officially ended his holdout by signing a six-year contract worth a maximum of $49.3 million, including a $11.4 million signing bonus and $21 million guaranteed. Because the final two years of the deal (the 2012 & 2013 seasons) can be voided based on Jackson's performance, it could become a three-year extension worth $29.3 million instead. Either way, signing the contract made him the highest-paid running back in the NFL.[8]

On October 24, 2010, Jackson surpassed Eric Dickerson as the Rams' all-time leading rusher, with a 110-yard effort against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[9] Then on November 21, 2010, he recorded his 10,000th career yard from scrimmage on a first quarter run against the Atlanta Falcons. Jackson rushed for 1,145 yards during the 2011 regular season, marking the seventh consecutive season he has surpassed 1,000 yards.[10]

The 2012 draft saw the Rams select two running backs, Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead, indicating a potential future running back by committee scenario. With the retirement of LaDanian Tomlinson, Jackson became the NFL's active leader in career rushing yards, where he remained for over three years until passed by Frank Gore in October 2015. During the season, Jackson became the 27th running back in NFL history to rush for over 10,000 yards, and the 6th running back in league history to compile 8 consecutive 1000-yard rushing seasons. Jackson ended the 2012 season with 1,042 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. At the conclusion of the season, Jackson chose to opt-out of the final year of his contract, to pursue a starting job on a contender.[11]

Atlanta Falcons

On March 14, 2013, Jackson signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.[12] Jackson failed to rush for 1,000 yards, for the first time since his rookie season in 2004, finishing the 2013 season with 543 rushing yards on 157 attempts. In the 2014 season, Jackson's rushing numbers improved with 707 rushing yards in 15 games. Jackson was released by the Falcons on February 26, 2015.[13]

New England Patriots

On December 21, 2015, Jackson signed with the New England Patriots.[14] He scored his first touchdown of the season in the Patriots' 20–10 loss to the Miami Dolphins on January 3.[15] He scored his first career playoff touchdown in the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos; the Patriots would lose the game 20–18.

Professional statistics

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
2004St. Louis Rams1431346735.0484191899.9280
2005St. Louis Rams15152541,0464.1518433207.4272
2006St. Louis Rams16163461,5284.45913908069.064T3
2007St. Louis Rams12122371,0024.2545382717.1371
2008St. Louis Rams12112531,0424.1567403799.5531
2009St. Louis Rams15153241,4164.4584513226.3380
2010St. Louis Rams16163301,2413.8426463838.3490
2011St. Louis Rams15152601,1454.4475423337.9501
2012St. Louis Rams16162581,0454.1464383218.4220
2013Atlanta Falcons12121575433.5506331915.8251
2014Atlanta Falcons15151907073.7556201487.4170
2015New England Patriots2121502.47112020.0200

St. Louis Rams franchise records

  • Most career rushing yards (10,138)
  • Only Ram player to record 150 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in same game (December 24, 2006 vs Wash)

NFL records

  • Most consecutive seasons with 4+ rushing touchdowns (11) – tied with Emmitt Smith
  • Most consecutive seasons with a 40+ yard run (11)
  • Most rushing attempts by a player without a 60+ yard run (2,764)
  • Most consecutive touches without a fumble (unofficial) - (870) from November 13, 2011 through end of career.

Personal life

Jackson wore the number 39 because it is the number of books in the Old Testament.[16]


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