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Rams, Steven Jackson say goodbye with respect

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Not every player-team separation has to be acrimonious.

On Thursday, running back Steven Jackson reached a deal with the Falcons, ending a nine-season run with St. Louis.

The Rams responded with a public show of respect, with owner Stan Kroenke issuing a statement thanking Jackson for his work on and off the field in St. Louis.

“For nearly a decade, Steven Jackson served as an inspiration for his St. Louis Rams teammates and our fans,” Kroenke said, per the club. “Off the field, his generosity and unselfishness improved the lives of many families in the St. Louis community. We will always be thankful for his contributions to our team and region and wish him success moving forward.”

Jackson, via his verified Twitter account, thanked his fans and sent a message of his own to the Rams.

Wrote Jackson: “To the entire ST. LOUIS RAMS organization, THANK YOU for believing in me & allowing me to be an integral part of this team for so many years.”

Steven Jackson had a sterling career in St. Louis, producing even in tough times for the organization. It’s nice to see a polite parting of the ways.

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32 Responses to “Rams, Steven Jackson say goodbye with respect”
  1. flavordave says: Mar 14, 2013 7:38 PM

    Jackson is a beast. Love the way he plays. Wish he could be an Eagle but we are currently stacked at that position. Wish him the best

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 14, 2013 7:40 PM

    I guess SJax never wants to win. Why he would sign with a historical losing/choking team like Atlanta is BEYOND me. Should have taken a backup role in DC.

  3. bills4 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:42 PM

    All class!

  4. Stiller43 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:42 PM

    By all accounts, a very classy player, and obviously he was very productive. Its a shame they couldnt field a decent team with him in all those years.

  5. rockymountainoysters says: Mar 14, 2013 7:44 PM

    Classy guy. Wish him the best

  6. davekiid says: Mar 14, 2013 7:44 PM

    Great player, class act. Good luck Steven.

  7. tyler4richardson says: Mar 14, 2013 7:46 PM

    Wish him well. He’s really the only thing Rams fans had that was worth cheering the past 10 years after the greatest show on turf ended. I honestly am now expecting the Rams to go WR in round one and end up with Eddie Lacy in their laps in round 2.

  8. tmar1961 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:47 PM

    Welcome to the playoffs Steven Jackson; you finally get to play with a team they cant load the box with 8 and 9 players.

  9. eastcoastninerfan says: Mar 14, 2013 7:47 PM

    Huge respect goes out to Steven Jackson. He did his thing for many years for the Rams…many great things during many tough times…and was a class act all along the way.

    As a Niner fan I always thought he and Gore had somewhat similar careers and am glad SJ gets a shot at winning like Gore the past two years.

    Best of luck in Atlanta!!!!!!!

  10. nineroutsider says: Mar 14, 2013 7:48 PM

    Glad to see him leaving the division; 9er linebackers are happy as well! He is a stud and a class act. He just made the Falcons a lot better and much more of a problem for the rest of the NFC.

  11. albanyhawker says: Mar 14, 2013 7:48 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, I’m supposed to hate the Rams, but you cannot deny what a tremendous athlete Steve Jackson was and how much he meant to that team over the years. Good luck in ATL, that is, until you come to Seattle for the NFC Championship game!

  12. acdc363 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:54 PM

    Steven Jackson rules!

  13. ramcountry says: Mar 14, 2013 7:55 PM

    I don’t know if there’s an player in their history the Rams let down more than S Jax.

    Eight straight 1000 yard seasons, and the Rams didn’t post a winning record in any of them.

    He will be missed.

  14. stephenolszewski says: Mar 14, 2013 8:02 PM

    I’d love to see Jackson and Gonzalez get a Super Bowl two class act athletes

  15. lionsplayoffs says: Mar 14, 2013 8:02 PM

    Great player. I’m a fan.

  16. michaeljacksonisback says: Mar 14, 2013 8:05 PM

    Good luck Atlanta, your going to be pissed when you see SJ39 getting stuffed on 4th & 1 or dancing behind the line. Rams should have traded him years ago. He’s terrible. Can’t score from the goal line.

  17. monstersofthemidway545051 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:11 PM

    Respect hard earned and class like a true pro. That is a beautiful thing.

  18. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 14, 2013 8:12 PM

    Should’ve signed with a team that could compete for the superbowl championship, not the regular season championship.

  19. stlunatik says: Mar 14, 2013 8:19 PM

    You will be missed SJ39!

  20. logast says: Mar 14, 2013 8:24 PM

    One of the true class acts in the league today. The same should be said for the owner of the Rams. How refreshing to see such an amicable parting of ways.

    Good luck SJax, I hope you have another great year. You’ve earned it.

  21. emperorchaz says: Mar 14, 2013 8:40 PM

    this needs to stop. back to being arrogant insecure egomaniacs

  22. computojon says: Mar 14, 2013 8:51 PM

    Really wanted him to re-sign with the Rams, but I salute him and wish him all the best in Atlanta.

    To those who think his 30th birthday is some kind of death-knell: you’d better stay on the sidelines, or get crushed by a runaway freight train.

  23. egomaniac247 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:56 PM

    The Titus Young’s of the NFL need to be reading stories like this.

  24. chawk12thman says: Mar 14, 2013 8:59 PM

    He really is a great runner and I hope he does extremely well next season in Atlanta, except for the one home game he has against the Seahawks.

  25. wmelch says: Mar 14, 2013 9:09 PM

    9 of 22 posts have the word “class” or some derivative in it.

    C’mon, sheep, grab a thesaurus and use it.

    Also, I don’t know if it’s accurate because I’ve heard that he doesn’t recycle, nor does he help his wife with the dinner dishes.

  26. mikeinfected says: Mar 14, 2013 9:10 PM

    Classy guy, almost sad to see him go as a Niners fan constantly tormented by him (and Fitzgerald) dragging two or three defenders five yards or more after first contact for most of the last decade.

    Even when the whole of the NFC West has been geared around stopping just those two guys (and one has been constantly double teamed and the other faced 8 in the box) their numbers are incredible.

    Might have been time for both sides though, wish him well in Atlanta. Seems a good fit.

  27. stoolerz says: Mar 14, 2013 9:23 PM

    That guy who bought his jersey in that commercial is probably pissed right now.

  28. flavordan says: Mar 14, 2013 9:50 PM

    Jackson is a beast. Love the way he plays. Wish he could be an Eagle case we are currently aren’t stacked at that position. Wish him the best.

  29. mazblast says: Mar 14, 2013 9:53 PM

    A parting with mutual courtesy and respect. How refreshing. Nicely played by both sides.

  30. 2jivecrew says: Mar 14, 2013 9:53 PM

    The guy deserves to finish out with a winner and get some playoff games under his belt.

  31. fullphoenix says: Mar 15, 2013 1:59 AM

    Steven Jackson and Fred Taylor need to hang out more…..

  32. cobramike05 says: Mar 15, 2013 3:22 AM

    Jackson is a class act and the definition of a great RB, a true workhorse. Definitely a future spot in the HOF for this gentleman.

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