On Monday, the Buffalo Bills took to the field to practice but one impacting component was missing. That impacting component was Veteran Running Back, Fred Jackson.
Fred Jackson, 34 was dismissed over the weekend by the Bills.
He was the longest tenured player on the roster and the franchise’s 3rd leading rusher.
It’s so weird seeing the Bills playing without Jackson because less than two weeks ago I sat in on an interview with Jackson with ESPN Rochester 95.7.
He is such a humble individual who doesn’t want to give up football quite yet and was working hard to recover from his common and painful injuries. In the interview Dan Borrello asked him does he see himself in any other jersey after he is done. Jackson replied “I don’t know.”
Even he couldn’t predict that he was going to be cut and his last time wearing a Bills jersey would be in Training Camp.
Here’s a little background information on Fred Jackson:
- Birthday: February 20th,1981
- Hometown: Fort Worth Texas
- College: Coe College
- Played indoor football when he was told he was too small for the NFL
- Joined the Bills in 2006 as a free agent
- Consensus All-American (2002)
- United Indoor Football co-MVP (2005)
- NFL All Purpose Yards leader (2009)
- First player in NFL history to compile 1,000 rushing and 1,000 kickoff return yards in a season (2009)
- 2010 Bills Walter Payton “Man of the Year” award
- 2× NFL Ground Player of the Week
- Ranked #83 in the Top 100 Players of 2012
With his release Doug Whaley stated, “He’s been the heart and soul of the Buffalo Bills for a long time. He’s a tremendous person not only on the field but what him and his family have done in the community.”
We wish Fred Jackson a sad goodbye and success in his future.
Written by Sedria Thomas