Steven Jackson became the 27th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards rushing this past Sunday against the Vikings. And according to Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch it has created some buzz around Jackson and his chances at the Hall of Fame.
There are two ends of the spectrum when looking at his Hall of Fame credentials. Most people will overlook the fact that his numbers have been so great because of the fact he has played on a losing team his entire career. At no point has SJ39 ever been a part of a team that has finished with an above-.500 record.
However, he has been a part of one playoff team back in 2004. Yet, that still won't be good enough when it comes down to Hall of Fame election time. As Miklasz mentions in the article, Jackson's stats are better than most people think:
And Jackson needs only 91 yards in the final two games to achieve his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. Eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons? That’s remarkable. Only five backs have done this in NFL history: Emmitt Smith (11), Barry Sanders (10), Curtis Martin (10), and LaDainian Tomlinson (8), and Thurman Thomas (8.)
It is also worth noting that SJ39's 103 yards-per-game total from scrimmage ranks him 11th in NFL history. He also averaged 77.5 yards per game rushing, which ranks him 13th all-time.
Miklasz also goes on to add another great point towards the end of his article:
The next time you hear some goofball say that Jackson’s run of 1,000-yard seasons means nothing because the accomplishment has been diluted by a 16-game schedule, please correct the dimwit by pointing this out: Jackson’s career average yards rushing per game would give him 1,085 yards in a 14-game schedule.
Over the years, many fans have grown to love Jackson. His loyalty and positive attitude through all the tough times has won plenty of the haters over. It's hard to tell what will happen at the end of the season when SJ39 is scheduled to hit free agency, but by the looks of it, he wants to retire a Ram.
He may not ever find that Super Bowl he has been seeking, but his desire to finish what he started says a lot about his character and allegiance to one of the most losing organizations in the last five years.
Jackson may not end up in the Hall of Fame, but there's no question that the all of the recent talk is at least warranted.
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