ST. LOUIS MO - DECEMBER 26: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams catches a pass against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on December 26 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Rams beat the 49ers 25-17. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Steven Jackson holds the St. Louis Rams records, the franchise record, for rushing yards and attempts. Of all the draft picks made since the Rams moved to St. Louis, none have the impact of Steven Jackson, on the record books and the health of the franchise.
There's plenty of room for debate on these picks, obviously, but I really had a hard time passing on SJ as the top pick since the team moved here.
The real tragedy with Jackson is that he's sustained the Rams through their leanest times. An awful stretch of football was at least highlighted by Jackson giving fans something to cheer about. Since that time he's become the veteran leader in the locker room, much more than just a superstar running back. Players of his caliber don't have to do that, but Jackson's the heart and soul of this team.
Now, St. Louis is poised to find another running back to join him, possibly as a replacement since Jackson has just two years left on his contract. Jackson recently made his feelings known on the matter.
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