St. Louis Rams Steven Jackson to retire or not?
With the Saint Louis Rams out of the playoffs for the eighth straight season, running back Steven Jackson has not experienced the playoffs since his rookie year.
During this off-season, Jackson will be an unrestricted free agent and able to sign with any team. While a thirty year old running back may not be the most attractive free agent, Jackson has been impressive during his tenure with the Rams. In fact, Jackson has broke 1,000 yards rushing the past eight seasons.
As Jackson approaches free agency, he began contemplating his future. While considering his future, on Thursday, Jackson mentioned possibly retiring this off-season.
While talking to the Associated Press, Jackson talked about retiring.
“If I have to write my story,” Jackson said, “I’d rather go out like Barry Sanders and leaving people to want more than to leave too late.”
“I’ll allow myself that time to sit back and reflect and think about things I’ve accomplished in my career and what I’ve done this season. And think about how much longer I want to play this game, as well. There’s going to be a small window of opportunity, and I want to make sure I take full advantage of it.”
However, after today’s game, Jackson has appeared to have a change of heart.
Following the Rams 20-13 loss to the Seahawks, Jackson spoke on his retirement and it will not be happening this off-season.
“I definitely plan on coming back,” Jackson said following the loss.
Whether or not Jackson re-signs with the Rams is up in the air, but he is definitely not retiring. If Jackson wants to win the Super Bowl, it would probably be in his best interest to sign with a contender.