Battering Ram proves resilient

Despite seemingly playing 1-on-11, St. Louis' Jackson forges Pro Bowl-worthy season

Originally Published: December 25, 2009
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney and coach Steve Spagnuolo gave their mandate to running back Steven Jackson long before their season turned ugly.

We're going to lean on you for leadership, they told Jackson this past offseason. We're going to need you to play through pain and provide a positive example for younger players.

A few months later, Jackson is still delivering on that expectation.

"There have been times when I wanted to take a day off," ...

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