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Steven Jackson: I’m here to go out on top

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When running back Steven Jackson signed with the Falcons last month, it wasn’t hard to find people speculating about his motivations.

They gave him a three-year deal, but it wasn’t the length of the commitment that most people pointed to as the reason for Jackson’s move to the Falcons. It was the chance to play for a team that advanced to the NFC Championship Game after years of doing his business for a Rams team that never made the playoffs after his rookie year.

Jackson pretty much confirmed his motivations at his introductory press conference with the Falcons, but the question came up again during an interview with 790 The Zone. Jackson made it clear that he’s not just looking to make it to the postseason with his new team.

“You will not get anyone on the market — in the draft or free agency — that’s more hungry than I am and that has more to prove than I do. I want to go out on top,” Jackson said, via Jay Adams of the team’s website. “Let’s be frank: I didn’t come here to make it to the playoffs. You guys have done that consecutively over the years. I’m here to help be a part of the puzzle, be a part of something that you guys have built over the years. I’m just a hope and a dream, but we frankly have the same hope and dream.”

On paper, the match of Jackson’s desire for postseason success and the Falcons’ need for a more dynamic runner than Michael Turner looks like one made in heaven. But, as Jackson astutely points out, that’s all hopes and dreams until the season actually starts.

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24 Responses to “Steven Jackson: I’m here to go out on top”
  1. scoops1 says: Apr 10, 2013 10:35 AM

    should have went to Green Bay then

  2. flavordave says: Apr 10, 2013 10:41 AM

    “Steven Jackson: I’m here to go out on top” Then you should have signed as a backup on the Chip Kelly Eagles. They will dominate with his intricate offensive monster machine tour 2013. And theres simply nothing you can do about it.

  3. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 10, 2013 10:46 AM

    I think Jackson is a really good RB but I have this feeling they are going to struggle making the playoffs. The NFC has so many good teams and is really competitive. Plus isn’t the NFC South where the worst team makes the playoffs and the best doesn’t the next year. Saints win division nobody else comes out of it.

  4. pilot2011 says: Apr 10, 2013 10:48 AM

    Luke Keuchly can’t wait to meet you

  5. hartcarluncarlun says: Apr 10, 2013 10:55 AM

    He will definitely help the Falcons…..offense will be tough for any team to deal with.

  6. djred34 says: Apr 10, 2013 11:08 AM

    Falcons will continue to make playoffs

  7. thedownwardspiral says: Apr 10, 2013 11:08 AM

    And so you went to Atlanta?? Hahahaha!

    You do know Matt Ryan is the QB, right? And Mike Smith your coach?

    Wow…

  8. nirvana504 says: Apr 10, 2013 11:22 AM

    Same thing everyone says…yawn

  9. kane337 says: Apr 10, 2013 11:29 AM

    If he can stay healthy he should have a very productive season for the Falcons.

  10. sb44champs says: Apr 10, 2013 11:35 AM

    When was the last time Steven Jackson stayed healthy for a full season? How is that going to help him ‘go out on top’?

  11. noring4youstill says: Apr 10, 2013 11:38 AM

    Too bad you’ll just be taking it up the rear from the Saints.

  12. beckzhere says: Apr 10, 2013 11:56 AM

    I think Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers will be a formidable RB duo and should be a lot of fun to watch.

  13. nolaisadump says: Apr 10, 2013 11:59 AM

    The saints are back to being “aints”, get the bags out boys, cut a big hole to drink thru, its s long season.

  14. ebrownwareagle says: Apr 10, 2013 12:23 PM

    To All theHaters: Look up Matt Ryan Stats as well as Wins vs. Lose record… Who ever says he is terrible or suck means your QB must be even worse… Because since he has been in the league ONLY Tom Brady has more wins… His Super Bowls will come. Give him time and watch. It’s only been 5years.

  15. kingpel says: Apr 10, 2013 12:38 PM

    Luke Keuchly can’t wait to meet you?

    Ha! Yeah right. Maybe to make a tackle 15 yards down the field. At the point of impact I’ll take Jackson in that collision every time!

  16. dvdman123 says: Apr 10, 2013 12:44 PM

    What else do you expect the guy to say? Anyway the Rams wore him out during his career there, I’m not so sure he has too much left in the tank.

  17. proanvk says: Apr 10, 2013 12:46 PM

    Matt Ryan is also the guy that only has one playoff win like Romo another choking dog!!! Let’s not forget that it was because he fumbled the ball and threw a pick against the niners that the Falcons DID NOT get to the SuperBowl!!!!

  18. sb44champs says: Apr 10, 2013 1:42 PM

    nolaisadump says:
    Apr 10, 2013 11:59 AM
    The saints are back to being “aints”, get the bags out boys, cut a big hole to drink thru, its s long season.
    ========================
    Sounds like someone is just a little SCARED… Your name says it all, lol

  19. osiris33 says: Apr 10, 2013 1:51 PM

    Too bad the Seahawks didn’t want you

  20. falcsalldayn2morro says: Apr 10, 2013 2:11 PM

    Luke keuchly cant wait to meet steven jackson??

    Luke keuchly cant wait to meet a winning season.. And to the “aints” fans… shut up. YOU JUST CAME OFF OF A SEASON WITH THE WORST DEFENSE IN NFL HISTORY!! AND HAVENT MADE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR AGEING AND TERIBLE D. STOP LIVING IN THE PAST, YOUR REIGN IS OVER. HELL YOU BARELY GOT BY US LAST YEAR, AND THE PANTHERS SWEPT YALL… NO EXCUSE. FACE IT! THE SAINTS ARE NOT RELEVANT!!! FALCON NATION!!!

    #RISEUP #BIRDGANG

  21. bookofelisha says: Apr 10, 2013 5:26 PM

    assuming the giants dont make the superbowl.. im rooting for peyton and atl next

  22. bick54 says: Apr 10, 2013 5:46 PM

    Best bet in Vegas…ATL +1600 to win the Bowl

  23. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 10, 2013 10:16 PM

    This could be the missing piece that gets the Falcons over the hump.

  24. canjura says: Apr 12, 2013 2:51 AM

    As a Rams fan, I’d be happy to see SJax go out on top. On the same note, I saw him last season, and he’s definitely not the explosive runner he once was, only a shell of the legend that will be Steven Jackson when he decides to hang it up. Daryl Richardson, a 6th round rookie last season, looked to be the better runner of the two. Exactly the reason I knew it was time to let the legend move on.

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