St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is one of the most talented rushers in the NFL but he has yet to find the success that the league’s top players often find. Now that the 29-year-old is about o have another disappointing season in the books, he has taken the time to address his future and it appears that Jackson is considering retirement.
“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.”
Jackson was then asked how many seasons he had remaining and his answer was telling.
“Maybe this is the last one,” he said. “Those hits hurt.
“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.”
Jackson has the ability to opt out of the $7 million player option for the 2013 season and he is expected to do so in order to hit the open market. Of course, he will only hit the open market if he decides that retiring is not the best option.
This season, Jackson has 990 yards and four touchdowns on 246 carries. Throughout his nine year career with the team, Jackson has carried the load far too often and his body is beginning to break down.