Steven Jackson is an Atlanta Falcon. Weird, I know. From one dome team to another for one of the best running backs of this era. But Jackson isn’t expected to be as productive in his next setting, mainly because the guy is no spring chicken now. He’ll turn 30 this summer, which is usually a death knell for running backs in the NFL.
Steven Jackson joined Chuck and Chernoff on WCNN in Atlanta to discuss joining the Falcons, his initial meeting with Arthur Blank, his role in the Atlanta offense and the difficulty of trying to be successful as age catches up to him.
On meeting with Falcons owner Arthur Blank:
“We had a chance to get to know each other on a personal level. We talked a little bit about some things that I’ve been able to achieve over the years. … We talked a good while. We had a two-hour lunch that went pretty well. … It was a very good time.”
On not being the focal point in the offense in Atlanta:
“That definitely will make my job a little easier. I know that I’m not the focal point. This is Matt’s offense and his team. I’m just another tool that’s out there on the field. With the explosive players that we have on the outside I’m sure a lot of teams will be more concerned about getting beat over the top than within the box. So I’ll probably have some favorable fronts and I have to take advantage of it and do my job and continue to be the player that I have the last nine years.”
On how he believes he’ll continue to be successful after the age of 30:
“I’ll continue with the same work ethic that I had … and I’ll be working hard and continue to maintain a healthy diet. But, as well, I went out and sought advice from older guys that have been successful in this league after the age of 30 and what way they adjusted and what the mindset that I need to prepare myself for it.”
On his expectations with the Falcons:
“We’re a new team. We’re different from the team that was here last year. But the success that these guys have had together and the leadership that the coaches have, I believe that we can be a very potent team. But we gotta go out there and do it ourselves on the field, we can’t just keep talking about it.”