The Atlanta Falcons have used several running backs this year, but this week the Falcons should feed their veteran running back because he is closing in on a very special milestone. Jackson is just 56 yards away from 11,000 rushing yards.
When Jackson spoke with ESPN reporters he reflected on some of the other marks he has reached during his illustrious, 11-year career.
Like when he set the St. Louis Rams’ all-time rushing record back in 2010 with 7,246 yards.
“It was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tampa,” Jackson recalled. “I do not remember the specific play, but it was like a 3-yard run off right tackle.”
Or when Jackson reached 10,000 yards in 2012 during his final home game with the Rams.
“It happened against the Minnesota Vikings in a home game in St. Louis,” Jackson reflected. “Once again, it was true to my form: tough yardage, tough run, nothing flashy, not a 50-yard run. It was just the nit and grit of who I am and what embodies my career. And I’m sure 11,000 will come in the same fashion.”
Jackson had to think a moment to remember the first 100-yard rushing game of his career as a rookie in 2004. But he figured it out.
“I want to say San Francisco 49ers (26 carries, 119 yards),” Jackson said. “It was a game that kind of solidified to myself that I could play in the National Football League. … That was many moons ago.”
I hope the Falcons feed him the rock, he deserves to hit the mark. Do you think he will get to 11k this week?