Jackson Gets Closer To Milestone

Steven Jackson (Getty/Ronald Martinez)

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson has been closing in on a milestone for a few weeks. Jackson and the Rams head to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers on Sunday looking for a win and history.

Jackson needs just 32 rushing yards on Sunday to become the Rams' all-time leading rusher, breaking the mark of 7,245 yards Eric Dickerson set from 1983 to 1987.

"We've been talking about it for a couple weeks," Jackson told reporters following Thursday's practice. "It'll mean a lot, but now I'm at the point where I just want to achieve it. I could probably give a better quote afterwards. More importantly, I want to just go ahead and get a win. It's very important for us to get a win on the road. The three games we have had a chance to win have been at home. For us to really turn this thing around and be in playoff contention and win our division we have to be competitive on the road, so hopefully that ties in with the record."

When he does break the record, the Rams running back will share it with his offensive line as well as former teammates who have helped him along the way. He knows he didn't get his 7,214 yards by himself.

"It's history," Jackson said. "But I don't only share it with them. I share it with so many that have come within the seven years of my career. Each one of them, they have a little part of this and it's going to be special. Eric Dickerson means so much to this organization and to the league. He has a record that still stands 20, 30 years down the line, so it's going to be pretty special when we do break it."

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