The average NFL career for a running back last 3 to 4 years. When you are able to make it to your early 30′s as a top flight running back. you should applaud yourself, pat yourself on the back, and then start making an exit strategy.
It is rare when a running back can hit the 30-year-old mark and still be productive. Not to many running backs take the Jim Brown, Barry Sanders route, and retire at the top of their game.
If you ask St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, that’s the way most running backs would like to go out. NFL.com via the Associated Press is reporting that the free agent to be has options, and retiring could be one of them.
“If I have to write my story,” Jackson said, “I’d rather go out like Barry Sanders and leaving people to want more than to leave too late.
“I’ll allow myself that time to sit back and reflect and think about things I’ve accomplished in my career and what I’ve done this season. And think about how much longer I want to play this game, as well. There’s going to be a small window of opportunity, and I want to make sure I take full advantage of it.”
Of course I think Jackson was playing around, but he is a physical running back and has taken a pounding over the years. Here’s hoping he can remain healthy.