Found March 16, 2013 on Helmet2Helmet:
From the time he voided his contract with the Rams, it only took about a week for Steven Jackson to find work. Though, in that time, the 29-year-old running back considered an alternative: following in the footsteps one of his idols and former greats. “I was thinking about maybe retiring,” Jackson admitted to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . “I really considered that. … I really contemplated ‘do I continue to play football’ or ‘do I retire.’ That’s one thing I admire about Barry Sanders.” On March 7, Jackson voided his contract with the Rams, leaving the only team he'd known in his professional career. While he flirted with joining the Packers, S-Jax eventually landed in Atlanta -- quite literally, on owner Arthur Blank's private plane -- on a three-year, $12 million, with $4 million guaranteed. He knows he made the right decision. “The philosophy and what coach (Mike) Smith brings, it just really made a lot of sense,” Jackson said. “It looked like a marriag
1 Comment:
  • The philosophy of Mike Smith is to run up the score in the first half and then get conservative,play absolutely no defense in the second half, and then hang on for dear life. Most of Atlanta's games were won on field goals in the last-minute against one of the easiest schedules in the NFL. And of course, if they needed more than a field goal then count the Birds out. I was a Falcon's season ticket holder for five years and finally gave up on the team. If they would have gotten rid of Smith I most likely would have renewed my tickets. However, being from Pittsburgh and a "huge" Steeler fan.....this Falcons team wouldnt fly in that part of the country. The Steelers believe that defense wins Championships while the Falcons believe defense should be non-existent. And of course, that is why Pittsburgh owns six Lombardi trophies and the Falcons have yet to hoist one. As long as Smith is there I fear the Falcons will never "RISE UP" to the top.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Falcons land RB Steven Jackson

An already potent Atlanta Falcons offense just got even stouter. The Falcons have agreed to a free-agent contract with former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson. The Falcons have made re-signing their own players the main focus of offseason personnel moves the past few years, but the team was in need of a starting running back after releasing Michael Turner. One of the...

Jackson ready for 'special things' in Atlanta

ATLANTA On Friday the Atlanta Falcons introduced new starting running back Steven Jackson and if the organization were looking for the most compelling spokesman it could find to persuade doubters that they have a championship-caliber offense, Jackson would be their man. The confident and quotable Jackson said that the Falcons with talented players who will be all around him in...

Steven Jackson Thought About Retiring Before Joining Falcons

Former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson almost became a Green Bay Packer a couple of days ago before choosing instead to sign with the Atlanta Falcons. What many don’t know is that Jackson almost made the decision not to sign with anyone.  Jackson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he seriously contemplated retirement. “I was thinking about maybe retiring,”...

Atlanta Falcons Sign RB Stevan Jackson To 3 Year Deal

Free agent running back Steven Jackson has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons.  The Falcons' official Twitter page reports that the deal spans three seasons. Financial terms were not disclosed.Jackson hit the free agent market after the St. Louis Rams gave him the option to void the final year of his contract in a late season negotiation of Jackson's contract. The...

Falcons agree to 3-year deal with Steven Jackson

The Atlanta Falcons have found their replacement for Michael Turner by agreeing to terms with free agent Steven Jackson on a three-year deal. The Falcons announced the agreement on Thursday, but did not release the terms. The 30-year-old Jackson had 1,042 yards rushing and four touchdowns with the Rams last season. It was his eighth straight season with more than 1,000 yards rushing...

Steven Jackson Contemplated Retirement Before Joining Falcons

Former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson almost became a Green Bay Packer a couple of days ago before choosing instead to sign with the Atlanta Falcons. What many don’t know is that Jackson almost made the decision not to sign with anyone.  Jackson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he seriously contemplated retirement. “I was thinking about maybe retiring...

NFC South: 4 things to glean in free agency

Here are four things to glean from the NFC South clubs, less than one full week into NFL free agency. 1. Sorry, Falcons fans, but the 2013 season won't start with Atlanta holding a 10-point halftime lead in the NFC championship Listening to Atlanta radio every day, I've lost count of the number of times Falcons fans have attributed the title-game defeat to running back...
Falcons News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.