1. Steven Jackson
Steven Jackson played with the St. Louis Rams from 2004-2012. Despite the Rams’ atrocious 44-99 record over those nine seasons, Jackson is one of the best running backs to ever wear a Rams jersey. Because of that record, he often does not get the credit he deserve. True Rams fans know that Jackson was often the lone bright spot of the Rams offense during the Dark Ages.
Over nine seasons, Jackson became the Rams all-time leader in rushing yards with 10,138 yards. He added 56 rushing touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. All of this despite sharing a backfield with Marshall Faulk his first two seasons. From 2007-2012, Jackson had eight straight 1,000 yard seasons.
Despite opposing teams selling out to stop Jackson every single play, he often carried multiple tacklers on his back to gain more yardage. Jackson earned three Pro Bowl appearances and two All-Pro nods during his tenure. On a better team, it is possible Jackson could’ve been among the greatest running backs of all time.
The Rams have a storied history in terms of running backs. Rams running backs led teams to Super Bowls, had individual accolades, broke color barriers, persevered through good and bad. These backs built and continue to build Rams culture. They pave the way for the future backs of the Rams and the NFL. Who will be the next great Rams running back to fill the shoes of Dickerson, Faulk, Jackson, Gurley, Tyler, Washington, Bass and McCutcheon?