Steven Jackson was once a dominant running back who used to punish defenses across the league with his physical style of play.
Jackson was arguably the most physical running back in the mid part of the last decade, forget Marshawn Lynch for a minute.
But those days are a distant memory for Jackson, who posted eight consecutive 1,000 plus seasons during his time with the St Louis Rams. However, a move to the Atlanta Falcons in 2013 subsequently saw him only produce 1,250 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns in two seasons - which left the Falcons with only one option.
Atlanta made the tough decision to release the veteran tailback late Thursday in a move that will save them $3.75 million in cap space for the 2015 NFL season.
Jackson responded to his release by issuing a statement via his own website in which he described his time with Atlanta as a "disappointment," while he praised Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
"In terms of what we hoped to accomplish as a team on the field, my time as a Falcon was a disappointment, but I will always be grateful for how the city and franchise treated me while I was there," Jackson explained on his website. "Mr. Blank is one of the classiest owners I've been lucky enough to meet, and I feel fortunate to have played for him."
There is no doubting that Jackson has lost plenty of speed and acceleration over the years. You could even question whether his strength has diminished as well. But you can never question Jackson's character, and he insists he can achieve more 1,000 yards seasons with his next team.
"Make no mistake: I can still punish a defense. I still have a warrior's heart," added Jackson. "There are 1,000-yard seasons left in these legs. I know what I am still capable of, and I have every intention of proving it."
So what do you think Falcons fans? Are you glad to see the back of Steven Jackson? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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