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There is no tougher player at his position in the NFL. Steven Jackson is the epitome of professionalism (something I believe he learned from Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt and Issac Bruce during his learning years).
While his peers held out, demanded trades and practiced end-zone celebrations, Jackson never complained about being a cellar dweller in the NFC. He worked day in and day out to get better and set the tone for his rebuilding team.
In his seven seasons, the Las Vegas native as averaged 1,135 yards per season, while only missing 12 games! Shocking for a running back, I know.
What also gets lost in the fold is how great he is as a pass catcher, averaging nearly 400 yards per season.
For the first time in Jackson's career, he will have some help with Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood behind him in the depth chart—they should help lengthen "Action's" career. He simply was not going to be able to continue the production he was putting up carrying the ball 300-plus times per season.
I truly hope the Rams can achieve some great things as a team, before Jackson's window closes. He truly deserves it.
On a side note, whichever young running back the Rams select in an upcoming draft to be the heir-apparent to Jackson will have a great teacher.