Steven Rashad Jackson (born July 22, 1983 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American football running back for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Rams 24th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State.
According to NFL Draft Scout.com, Jackson, on a weak knee at 241 lbs., ran a 4.45s 40-yard dash at the 2004 NFL Combine. Jackson wanted to rehab his knee a bit more before competing in other drills which he completed at a slimmed down 231 lbs. for his pro day.
|Wt||40 yd||20 ss||3-cone||Vert||BP||Wonderlic|
|231 lb||4.45s*||4.09s||7.03s||37.5 in||16||28*|
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 bolted for the New England Patriots. Perry hasn't been the same running back he was at Michigan, but he has been a reliable back for Rudi Johnson.
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 four touchdowns, and had 19 receptions for 189 yards.
With Faulk aging, Jackson was named the starter in 2005. Jackson had 1,046 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 254 attempts, and caught 43 passes for 320 yards and two 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 three 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. He was also named the Rams MVP of 2006.
During the dismal 2007 season, Jackson lashed out at fans, calling the fans the source of the Rams failure. In addition, Jackson commented that the music choice in the Edward Jones Dome was poor, which also led to the Rams dismal play. After the season, Jackson held out of camp because he believed he was underpaid, and there was only one year left on his rookie contract. He later ended his holdout and said that he would report to camp. Jackson ended his holdout officially, after he signed a six-year contract worth a maximum of $49.3 million, including $21 million in guarantees. The final two years of the deal can be voided upon performance so it can be a three-year extension worth $29.3 million. This will make him the highest paid running back in the NFL. Jackson can be eligible for unrestricted free agency at age 28.
|2004||St. Louis Rams||134||673||5.0||48||4||5|
|2005||St. Louis Rams||254||1046||4.1||51||8||6|
|2006||St. Louis Rams||346||1528||4.4||59t||13||9|
|2007||St. Louis Rams||237||1002||4.2||54||5||8||TOTAL||971||4249||4.4||59||30||28|
|2004||St. Louis Rams||19||189||9.9||28||0||4|
|2005||St. Louis Rams||43||320||7.4||27||2||1|
|2006||St. Louis Rams||90||806||9.0||64t||3||7|
|2007||St. Louis Rams||38||271||7.1||37||1||3||TOTAL||190||1586||8.3||64t||6||15|