Atlanta Falcons: Steven Jackson Ready for a St. Louis Rams Reunion
By Daniel Chi
After spending the last nine years with the St. Louis Rams, Steven Jackson will once again be on the same field, except this time, he will be representing the Atlanta Falcons.
The breakup for Jackson and the Rams was a smooth one that allowed both sides to have appreciation and a mutual respect in the end. Unlike some players’ departures such as Darrelle Revis, Jay Cutler or even Brett Favre‘s dramatic and complicated breakup, Jackson has nothing but good things to say about his former team.
On Sunday, the veteran running back will have his first reunion against his former team and has no extra motivation other than his normal routine in his desire to get that “W” at the end of the day.
“I mean, I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to get the win,” Jackson said according to ESPN.com. “Of course I want to get the win, but I have to come out there and just remain in the zone, in my focus and not get too up.”
In most scenarios, players usually play with a little bit more energy and excitement when going against their former teams in trying to either prove a point, or to simply rub it in their faces. For Jackson, however, he has been around the NFL long enough to understand that when a player plays out of control emotionally, bad things can happen.
“When you allow emotions to take over, your wind becomes shorter, you are not even thinking, you’re not on your A-game,” Jackson said. “So I have to remind myself to stay in control, have the intensity that I normally play with and dial in and treat this game as [any other] I have done over the years.”
With Jackson being a former first-round pick by the Rams in the 2004 NFL Draft, he has gone on from being a standout rookie player en route to owning nearly every meaningful rushing record, as he rewrote them during his nine-year stint with the team.
During his time with the Rams, Jackson rushed for 10,135 yards, and became one of only six backs to achieve the milestone of eight-consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Jackson is ranked first in rushing yards (10, 135), second in rushing touchdowns (56) and fifth in receptions (407).
Even though Jackson is suiting up for another team this season, he still stays in touch with his former teammates, as they have supported him and hope that he has a great season.
“They have done a good job of just checking in on me periodically, making sure that things were going smooth for me and wishing me the best of luck on the season,” Jackson said. “We have all mutually agreed that we are going to play each other hard on Sunday, but after that, you know, we are going to root each other on throughout the season.”
In recent divorces, while most have ended in a bad light, Jackson and the Rams displayed a breakup that even down the road, they will remain a family despite wearing a different jersey.
With nine years passing by like a blur, Jackson is ready to slow down and enjoy his time going against the team that gave him his first crack in the NFL.