4 Records to Show How Great Steven Jackson Was

As Rams fans celebrate RB Steven Jackson on his 39th birthday, check out some of the best records to know about the legendary Running Back.

Steven Jackson was selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Jackson had extremely high expectations, as he was the first Running Back off the board, and the front office did a lot of maneuvering to get him. The Pac-10 RB signed a five-year, $18.73 million rookie contract and was expected to be the successor for the NFL legend, Marshall Faulk. In 2005, Jackson took over the backfield and recorded his first 1,000-yard rushing season, which was a sign of things to come. 

The Las Vegas native chose to attend Oregon State University, where he recorded career totals of 3,625 rushing yards and 39 rushing touchdowns in just three seasons. Concerns about a knee injury became evident before the Draft, but the opportunity was too appealing for the Rams to pass on the 6’2 power back, who had elite quickness, size, and reliable hands to be a complete three-down weapon.

In 2006, #39 built off his first 1,000-yard season and became a force to be reckoned with, earning his first Pro Bowl selection. Jackson recorded eight consecutive 1,000+-yard rushing seasons as a Ram and earned two more Pro Bowl nominations. In 2013, Jackson signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons, where his age negatively impacted his performance. Despite struggles towards the latter part of his career, Jackson was an NFL great with many records that cement his legendary status as one of the best Rams rushers ever.

Here are some of the greatest records to know about Steven Jackson:
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Via Pro Football Reference

Steven Jackson lived up to the hype of being the first Running Back selected in the 2004 NFL Draft

Career resume:

  • 3x Pro Bowl
  • 2x All-Pro 2nd Team
  • 2006 NFL Yards from Scrimmage (2,334) leader
  • 2006 finished top-4 in NFL Offensive Player of the Year voting
  • Only player with 1,500+ RUSH YDS & 750+ REC YDS in 1 season ever
  • Rams career RUSH YDS (10,138) leader

Consistent and driven, nobody knew what #39 had in store on any given Sunday

Steven Jackson’s NFL records:

  • 1,500+ RUSH YDS & 750+ REC YDS in 1 season
  • Consecutive seasons (11) of 4+ RUSH TD
  • Consecutive seasons (11) with 1+ RUSH of 40+ YDS
  • Career RUSH ATT (2,764) by a player without a RUSH of 60+ YDS

The 6’2, 240 pound Running Back had a knack for finding the end zone

Steven Jackson’s Rams records:

  • Career RUSH YDS (10,138)
  • Career RUSH ATT (2,396)
  • Seasons (8) of 1,000+ RUSH YDS
  • Seasons (6) of 5+ RUSH TD
  • Career games (48) of 1+ RUSH TD
  • Career games (72) of 50+ RUSH YDS & 10+ REC YDS
  • Games (14) of 20+ RUSH YDS & 20+ REC YDS in 1 season

Despite an array of high-quality RBs in Rams history, Jackson had a case to be considered the franchise’s greatest rusher

Most career RUSH YDS in Rams franchise history:

1. Steven Jackson (10,138)

2. Eric Dickerson (7,245)

3. Marshall Faulk (6,959)

4. Lawrence McCutcheon (6,186)

5. Dick Bass (5,417)


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