Where does Steven Jackson stand in Rams history?
It is almost a guarantee that Steven Jackson has played his last game in a St. Louis Rams uniform. Jackson will be allowed to test the market in 2013 to find a team that will want his services, and give Jackson the best chance to get a championship before he finally retires. However with Jackson’s tenure as the premier running back of the Rams; where does he stand in Rams history? Of course when I say Rams; I mean it in the all-encompassing term for the Rams franchise that has traveled from Cleveland to Los Angeles and where the Rams currently reside now in St. Louis. This is a franchise that has had running backs such as Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk flaunting the Rams uniform, but where does Jackson fall?
Jackson is the Rams leading rusher in franchise history, but most of those carries came on losing football teams. Garbage time and other than his 2006 season that showed his real potential; he never lived up to the hype. Jackson was a sign of the times for the St. Louis Rams. He was a symbol for how hard this franchise fell into despair. After his 2006 season breakout; Jackson became hampered with injuries, and with those injuries led the Rams to go 3-13 in the 2007 season, 2-14 in 2008, 1-15 in 2009, 7-9 in 2010, 2-14 in 2011 and 7-8-1 in 2012. The Rams were never able to build on Jackson’s talent, but rather used his talent as a crutch.
And now; at the very time the Rams will rebound to prominence under Jeff Fisher. Jackson is set to leave. Never to experience the ride he has been waiting for in those six long seasons. Nature of the business I guess, but Marshall Faulk brought a Super Bowl to this franchise. Eric Dickerson revitalized this franchise in the 1980’s.
While Jackson was caught in infinite quicksand; no matter how hard he fought back. The Rams continued to sink, and that shouldn’t be the way Jackson goes out. He shouldn’t be a symbol for how far this franchise sunk in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s, but what will the history books say about his Era. An era that wasn’t all his fault, but he won’t have any chance to redeem himself in the history books. What does Steven Jackson mean to this franchise? I would like Jackson to come back for a cap manageable figure to end his career with the Rams with some sort of light at the end of the tunnel, but his career with the Rams has fallen so far into the ditch, that finding a light may never come to pass.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.