Steven Jackson has no plans to retire


Yes, he’s played 11 years in the NFL. Sure, he’s 31. Yep, he was cut by the Falcons on Thursday. But none of that means running back Steven Jackson is calling it quits.

“A lot has been written lately about my future,” Jackson wrote on his official website. “There are questions about my age, and what I have left in the tank. Of that, I will simply say this. For the first nine years of my career, I was used like a battering ram, punishing opposing defense over four quarters of a game. Maybe you stopped me the first five times I got the ball, but by the 15th or 20th time I got it, late in a game — let’s just say you were really feeling me at that point.

“Make no mistake: I can still punish a defense. I still have a warrior’s heart. There are 1,000-yard seasons left in these legs. I know what I am still capable of, and I have every intention of proving it.”

Jackson enters the market at a time when tailbacks like Reggie Bush, Chris Johnson, and DeAngelo Williams are available, and Jackson is older and has more wear and tear than each of them. At a time when teams are opting for multiple tailbacks who are on the young and cheap side, Jackson could have a hard time getting an acceptable offer. He could have an even harder time getting the reps necessary to churn out more 1,000-yard seasons.

But we wish him the best as he embarks on finding a new home. He’s been a great leader by example on a lot of bad teams. He deserves to get a chance to play for a good team.

41 responses to “Steven Jackson has no plans to retire

  1. You rip the guy for all the reasons a team shouldn’t sign him then wish him the best… With friends like you…

  2. I don’t think he’s a bad player, even in his older age. I just think he picked a bad place to: an aging roster with a mediocre head coach and a soft organization as a whole.

    Not a good fit.

  3. Come back to STL. Often you were the only solid player on some really bad teams. All class all the time. Good luck where ever u land.

  4. Just like most prize fighters, they are convinced that they have a few good fights still in them. Sadly most don’t. He has lost his burst, too slow to the hole.

  5. Think he’s speaking with more heart than ability…great player but I do believe his best days are behind him…. Heart of a lion, body of a bull, legs of an old man….
    Hope he decides to shut it down before anything permenantly does it for him!!
    Good luck Steven you were an awesome player!!!

  6. A thousand uards left in Javkson’s legs?
    I really doubt it
    The Falcoms’ HC wad a dafensive coordinator who had to prepare his defenses to stop Jackson. And Atlanta supposedly has the easiest schedule

  7. I think the 2015 veteran minimum salary for Jackson would be $850k. Is he worth that? You could have 2-3 late round picks/undrafted rookie RB’s for that. Jackson might not have plans to retire. The other 31 teams in the league probably have a different plan. Reggie Bush, Chris Johnson, and DeAngelo Williams face the same fate.

  8. Falcons win totals prior to Jackson: 13-3, 10-6, 13-3
    Falcons win totals with Jackson: 4-12, 6-10
    Maybe all those stops during the first 3/4 of games resulted in deficits requiring 4th quarter passes and no opportunities for him to punish defenses. I get that he us confident but I just don’t see him as a workhorse any more. He can be a limited use short yardage back but not much more at this point in his career.

  9. Man he was hard to bring down in his prime……Hope he gets a shot and has at least one winning season to go out on…..

  10. I like the fire. If you’re going to do it, that’s the attitude to have.

    That’ll help with the hard part.

  11. I believe him when he says he still has some 1000 yard tread left on the tires. Makes me wonder how his career would have panned out if Parcells had not traded with the Rams for their ’04 2nd (Julius Jones), 5th (TE Sean Ryan – I actually had to go look that up), and the Ram’s ’05 1st Rd pick (Marcus Spears). Best of luck to an apparent great team role model.

  12. he had chance to play on a good team two years ago, the Packers, he choose the falcons instead, he choose wrong

  13. Watching Hard Knocks last year I was amazed at how old Jackson seemed. Most of his scenes were of him in the training room or standing on the sideline because he was not participating due to some sort of ailment.

    He was a very good back, but he’s not going to be a feature back anywhere. He’s probably done if he’s not willing to take less money for a smaller roll. Going somewhere where he gets 10-12 carries a game would be about right.

  14. As much as I would like to see him as a Patriot (finally), I look to guys like Maurice Jones-Drew who was paid good money last year to gain about 90 yards total for the season.

    RBs at 30 are mostly a bad gamble.

  15. Steven jackson could have easily been one of the best rbs to play the game. He can catch, run and block. He had the huge misfortune of being on the worst stretch a team has had in NFL history. Literally, almost his entire career was on a rams team that set the record for least wins over 4-5 season. Can’t remember what it was.

    I used to scream that he needed to be on a better team. In his prime he could’ve put most teams over. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t have the career that he deserved having.

  16. C’MON DOWN TO MIAMI, hell of alot better than Knoshow Moreno!!! Oh I keep forgetting Philbin & Ross don’t know talent if walked up & shook their hand!!!

  17. To paraphrase a country song, he’s probably not as good as he once was but he could be good once as he ever was. Steelers have no Le’Veon Bell for two weeks to pot DUI. He could come in handy and hang around for spot duty. As long as he knew that going in…unlike I suppose a certain Super Bowl champion named Blount.

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