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Remembering the brilliance of St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson

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Happy birthday to the legend, SJ39!

St. Louis Rams v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Dear Steven Rashad Jackson,

Happy 36th birthday to one of the greatest players to ever don the horns. Thank you for giving us nine years of memories. Thank you for giving us 131 games that we’ll never forget. Thank you for 10,138 rushing yards (the most in Los Angeles/St.Louis/Cleveland Rams franchise history), 56 rushing touchdowns, 407 receptions, 3,324 receiving yards, and eight receiving touchdowns. Thank you for replacing the legend that was Marshall Faulk ensuring the running back position would see no drop-off from one Hall of Famer to another (make it happen). Thank you for the work in the community. Thank you for being a leader day-in and day-out even when the team didn’t have much success. Thank you for once fighting Bernard Pollard. Thank you for August 21, 2008, the day you chose to re-sign and extend your career in horns. Thank you for once dragging four Seattle Seahawks defenders into the end zone. Thank you for the 47-yard touchdown in week one against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. Thank you for a legendary 160-yard three-touchdown game against your fathers Dallas Cowboys in 2008. Thank you for once wearing three pairs of compression shorts to ensure you could play through a hamstring injury. Thank you for refusing to bow out to a hand injury that resulted in pins being inserted into your hand. Instead of bowing out, you played with one hand, literally. Thank you for eight 1,000-yard seasons in a row. Thank you for never complaining, never leaving, and never abandoning us. Thank you for setting two St. Louis Rams records and four more NFL records. Thank you for three pro bowls and two second-team All-Pro nods (talk about getting snubbed!).

Last but not least, thank you for advocating for NFL retirees and keeping the running back name strong!

Love,

Rams fans everywhere.