Steven Jackson

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Steven Jackson
Rams running back Steven Jackson at the coaching clinic.jpg
Jackson with the St. Louis Rams in 2012.
No. 39     Atlanta Falcons
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-07-22) July 22, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Las Vegas, Nevada
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Las Vegas (NV) Eldorado
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Debuted in 2004 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Rushing yards 11,388
Rushing attempts 2,743
Rushing average 4.2
Rushing TDs 68
Stats at
Jackson in action in November 2007

Steven Rashad Jackson (born July 22, 1983) is an American football running back for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Oregon State University, and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. Jackson holds the Rams franchise record for rushing yards.

Early years[edit]

Jackson was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and was a running back for Eldorado High School. He was named the Sunrise Regional MVP and rushed for 6,396 yards and 81 touchdowns for the Sundevils. Eldorado lost in the state final his senior year to McQueen High School (Reno, Nevada). He also lettered four years in track & field, recording a 10.6 in the 100 meters as a junior, and was a member of the 4x100m (42.64 s) relay squad.[1]

Jackson's subsequent success has been credited with prompting college football programs to take more interest in players in the Las Vegas area.[2] This success also led to Jackson's induction into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.[3]

College career[edit]

Jackson attended Oregon State University, where he played for the Oregon State Beavers football team for three seasons. In 36 games, he carried 743 times for 3,625 yards for a 4.9-yard average and 39 touchdowns while adding 680 yards and 6 touchdowns on 66 catches and 240 yards with a touchdown on 7 kickoff returns. His 4,545 all-purpose yards rank second in school history, while he ranks third on the school’s all-time scoring list with 276 points. His sophomore season, Jackson led the Pac-10 Conference in rushing and finished the season eighth nationally with 1,690 yards; an average of 130 yards per game. As a junior, he ranked tenth in the nation in rushing, ninth in all-purpose yardage, and fourth in scoring; he carried the ball 350 times for 1,545 yards and 19 touchdowns, adding 44 receptions for 470 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 2,015 all-purpose yards set a school record.

Professional career[edit]

2004 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in 231 lb 4.45 s 4.09 s 7.03 s 37.5 in 9 ft 10 in 16 reps 28
All values from Oregon State Pro Day,[4] except for Wonderlic score.
* erroneously lists this as 4.45 in the top section. Correct time is lower on the page.

Jackson was overlooked by several teams in 2004, most likely due to a knee injury suffered during his last year at Oregon State - an injury that kept him from participating in drills at the 2004 NFL Combine. Jackson had surgery on the knee after the college season, but required additional clean-up surgery after his rookie year to ensure its complete rehabilitation. In an interview with CBS Sports' Pete Prisco on how the knee injury had affected his play, Jackson said "I never felt right. Now it does."[5][6]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Jackson was drafted 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. The Rams swapped picks with the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals to get Jackson. Denver traded Deltha O'Neal to Cincinnati for their first round pick. Then, St. Louis traded up to Cincinnati's selection to grab Jackson while the Bengals chose Chris Perry to replace the departed Corey Dillon, who was traded to the New England Patriots.

On July 30, 2004, Jackson signed a 5-year, $7 million deal with the Rams, which included a $2.05 million signing bonus. In his 2004 rookie season, he was a backup under Marshall Faulk. Despite the limited playing time, he rushed 134 times for 673 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns, and had 19 receptions for 189 yards.

With Faulk aging, Jackson was named the Rams' starting running back for the 2005 season. Jackson had 1,046 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns on 254 attempts, and caught 43 passes for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns.

After the dismissal of head coach Mike Martz, 2006 became Jackson's breakout season. With Scott Linehan as the new head coach, the Rams had a more balanced offensive attack. Jackson ran 346 times for 1,528 yards and 13 touchdowns and led all running backs when he caught 90 passes for 806 yards, and adding 3 touchdowns. He also led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 2,334. For his efforts, Jackson was named to his first Pro Bowl and received one vote for the 2006 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award.[7] He was also named the Rams MVP of 2006.

During the Rams' dismal 2007 season, Jackson lashed out at fans and expressed distaste with the music played in the Edward Jones Dome. After the season, with one year left on his rookie contract, Jackson believed he was underpaid and held out of training camp. On August 21, 2008, Jackson officially ended his holdout by signing a six-year contract worth a maximum of $49.3 million, including a $11.4 million signing bonus and $21 million guaranteed. Because the final two years of the deal (the 2012 & 2013 seasons) can be voided based on Jackson's performance, it could become a three-year extension worth $29.3 million instead. Either way, signing the contract made him the highest-paid running back in the NFL.[8]

On October 24, 2010, Jackson surpassed Eric Dickerson as the Rams' all-time leading rusher, with a 110-yard effort against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[9] Then on November 21, 2010, he recorded his 10,000th career yard from scrimmage on a first quarter run against the Atlanta Falcons. Jackson rushed for 1,145 yards during the 2011 regular season, marking the seventh consecutive season he has surpassed 1,000 yards.[10]

On December 16, 2012, against the Minnesota Vikings, Jackson became the 27th running back in NFL history to rush for over 10,000 yards. On December 30, 2012, at the Seattle Seahawks, he became only the 6th running back in league history to compile 8 consecutive 1000-yard rushing seasons. Jackson ended the 2012 season with 1,042 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns, helping St. Louis to a 7-8-1 record. In February 2013, the Rams allowed Jackson to void the final year of his six-year contract signed in 2007, even though he had not met the requirements to do so, making him a free agent following the end of the season.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On March 14, 2013, Jackson signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.[11]

Over the last three games in December 2013, Steven Jackson rushed for an average of 72.3 yards per game and had three touchdowns. However, outside of the Buffalo game in which Jackson received 23 touches, Jackson only received four rushes in the second half of Atlanta's game against Green Bay, and seven rushes in the second half against New Orleans.[12] For the first time since his rookie season in 2004, Jackson failed to rush for 1,000 yards.

Professional statistics[edit]

Rushing Stats
Year Team Carries Yards AVG LG TD 20+ 40+
2004 St. Louis Rams 134 673 5.0 48 4 5 2
2005 St. Louis Rams 254 1,046 4.1 51 8 6 2
2006 St. Louis Rams 346 1,528 4.4 59t 13 9 1
2007 St. Louis Rams 237 1,002 4.2 54 5 8 4
2008 St. Louis Rams 253 1,042 4.1 56 7 6 1
2009 St. Louis Rams 324 1,416 4.4 58 4 10 2
2010 St. Louis Rams 330 1,241 3.8 42t 6 7 1
2011 St. Louis Rams 260 1,145 4.4 47t 5 6 2
2012 St. Louis Rams 258 1,045 4.1 46t 4 7 1
2013 Atlanta Falcons 157 543 3.5 50 6 3 1
TOTAL 2,553 10,681 4.2 59 62 65 17
Receiving statistics
Year Team Rec Yards AVG LG TD 20+ 40+
2004 St. Louis Rams 19 189 9.9 28 0 4 0
2005 St. Louis Rams 43 320 7.4 27 2 1 0
2006 St. Louis Rams 90 806 9.0 64t 3 7 1
2007 St. Louis Rams 38 271 7.1 37 1 3 0
2008 St. Louis Rams 40 379 9.5 53 1 5 2
2009 St. Louis Rams 51 322 6.3 38 0 3 0
2010 St. Louis Rams 46 383 8.3 49 0 4 1
2011 St. Louis Rams 42 333 7.9 50 1 1 1
2012 St. Louis Rams 38 321 8.4 22 0 3 0
2013 Atlanta Falcons 33 191 5.8 25 1 1 0
TOTAL 440 3,515 8.0 64t 9 32 5

St. Louis Rams franchise records[edit]

  • Most career rushing yards (10,138)

Personal life[edit]

Jackson is Jewish. Jackson wears the number 39 because it is the number of books in the Old Testament.[13]

Jackson enjoys sketching and also likes to travel. He also took drafting in high school because of his interests in drawing.


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