Steven Jackson was born July 22, 1983.
Jackson grew up in Las Vegas, where he attended Eldorado High School. In addition to being the state's premier football player, he also excelled in track and field, running the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds.
He rushed for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns in three seasons at Oregon State. After suffering a knee injury in his final season, Jackson was unable to participate in the 2004 NFL combine, hurting his draft stock.
The St. Louis Rams selected Jackson in the first round (24th overall) of the 2004 NFL draft.
As a rookie, Jackson was backup to Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk. Despite his limited role, Jackson was still able to rack up 674 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
With Faulk in the twilight of his career, Jackson was named the team's starting running back for the 2005 season. In his first full season as a starter, he surpassed 1,000 rushing yards.
In 2006 the Rams fired Mike Martz and hired Scott Linehan as new head coach. Under a new offensive system that featured a more balanced attack, Jackson had a breakout season. As the league leader in total yards from scrimmage (2,334), he was selected to his first Pro Bowl.
After the Rams went 3-13 in 2007, Jackson became frustrated with the franchise. Nonetheless, he resigned with the team, and his new contract made him the highest-paid running back in the NFL.
During the next five seasons, the Rams struggled mightily. Although they were unable to put together a winning record, Jackson continued to churn out at least 1,000 rushing yards every season.
In 2012, Jackson became the 27th running back in NFL history with 10,000 career rushing yards. Even though Jackson had not met the requirements, the Rams allowed him to void the final year of his six-year contract, making him a free agent.
The Atlanta Falcons signed him to a three-year deal in 2013. But for the first time since his rookie season, Jackson was unable to rush for 1,000 yards.
Jackson was released by the Falcons in 2015.