Steven Jackson: NFL Requested Random Drug Screening After 1-Day Rams Contract

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2019

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson runs with the ball during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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Former running back Steven Jackson said Thursday on Twitter that the NFL contacted him for a random drug test after he signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Rams:

Steven Jackson @sj39

Dear NFL can you tell Mr. Lombardo that I signed a one day contract. I will not be reporting today for my random drug test screening. Thanks in advance #retirement life 😎

The news shocked a couple of Jackson's former Rams teammates in James Laurinaitis and Chris Long:

Steven Jackson @sj39

@JLaurinaitis55 Yep 😂

Chris Long @JOEL9ONE

@sj39 @JLaurinaitis55 No way bro

Jackson, who is the Rams' all-time leading rusher with 10,138 yards, signed the one-day deal on Monday and took part in a special ceremony at the team's training camp. 

The 36-year-old spent the first nine seasons of his 12-year career with the Rams. During that time, Jackson was named a Pro Bowler on three occasions.

Jackson went on to spend two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, and he appeared in two games for the New England Patriots in 2015 but has not played since.

Overall, Jackson rushed for 11,438 yards and 69 touchdowns, while catching 461 passes for 3,683 yards and nine scores during his career.