At age 29, running back Steven Jackson is less about the numbers and more about leading his team to the promised land. Yet, time is running out on St. Louis' playoff hopes. The Rams currently sit at the bottom of the NFC West with a 3-5 record and things don't get any easier this week as they travel to San Francisco.
Even if St. Louis can't turn things around by season's end, Jackson will have eclipsed some pretty remarkable records. Come Sunday, he will need 121 total yards to pass Torry Holt for second place in franchise history in yards from scrimmage.
If Jackson can muster either 57 yards rushing, receiving or on returns against the 49ers, he will slide ahead of Holt for second place in career all-purpose yards. Currently, Isaac Bruce is the franchise leader in both statistical categories. Bruce has 14,259 yards from scrimmage and 14,314 all-purpose yards.
To eclipse his totals, Jackson would probably have to play two or three more years with the Rams. With the whole contract revision and general vision of the team, I just don't see that happening. Regardless, moving into second place behind Bruce in both categories should say plenty about what type of player Jackson was.
Despite not winning more than eight games during any season in his career, SJ39 worked his tail off week in and week out. He was motivated by the love of the game—Jackson was never motivated by the size of the paycheck. He has made plenty of money with the Rams, yet he has earned every penny.
Whether it's with the Rams or another club, one can only hope he gets a shot at a Super Bowl ring.
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