Yesterday, Jackson became only the sixth player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards for eight consecutive seasons. Jackson joined legendary running backs Thurman Thomas, Curtis Martin, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, and LaDainian Tomlinson as the only players to accomplish this feat.
The three-time Pro Bowler has been the heart and soul of the St. Louis Rams since he was drafted 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft.
Many people do not realize how much the veteran running back has accomplished. On December 16th, against the Minnesota Vikings, Jackson became only the 27th player to rush for over 10,000 yards in the NFL. He is the Rams’ all-time leading rusher with 10,135 yards, an amazing feat considering Marshall Faulk and Eric Dickerson once played for the team. Jackson has compiled 64 total touchdowns wearing the blue and gold and has also been the Rams most reliable receiver since the “Greatest Show on Turf” era ended. Jackson has 3,210 total receiving yards, which includes a 2006 season where he caught 90 passes for 806 yards.
Comparing Jackson to other Hall of Famers, he ranks 11th in NFL history in scrimmage yards per game with 103. This is better than O.J. Simpson, Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett, Earl Campbell, Marcus Allen, and Lenny Moore. Jackson also averages 77.5 yards rushing per game, which ranks 13th in NFL history. Once again, this stat puts him above Marshall Faulk, Tony Dorsett, Franco Harris, and Jim Taylor. Jackson’s stats can be compared to any Hall of Fame running back, but it mostly goes unnoticed due to the Rams lack of success over the past decade.
Some people will say Jackson does not deserve to be in the Hall of Fame because the Rams never finished with a winning record while he played. However, to be able to have the stats he has on very bad teams for eight seasons in a row is incredible. Jackson has been a workhorse for St. Louis, and has taken a beating being the Rams only real playmaker. The stats do not say enough about what Jackson has accomplished, he has been the Rams leader and captain ever since he took over for Marshall Faulk in 2005.
Jackson has had many chances to leave the Rams, but will not because he wants to finish what he started. If there is one player in the NFL that deserves a Super Bowl ring, it is Jackson. Hopefully he will get the chance to stay in St. Louis and do just that.