I came across an interesting article today discussing Rams soon-to-be Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk at Sporting News, and I was evn more intruiged after I read through it a bit. The article discussed who could be the next crop of Hall of Famers of the running backs that are still playing today. Obviously, at the top of that list was LaDanian Tomlinson, who I believe is a sure-fire HOFer. Looking at running backs under 30, the top of the list was current Rams running back Steven Jackson.
“ He has done very well in replacing Faulk as St. Louis’ feature back as an elite runner and receiver in his own right. It’s also a good sign he has looked his strongest as a Pro Bowler the past two seasons. Staying healthy to have three more of his typical seasons, he will crack the top 15 all-time in yards from scrimmage, giving him a strong case. More team success with the Rams would be a big boost.”
It’s hard to argue those points, but I have to think that the Rams as a team will have to make a deep postseason run at some point before he retires if SJ39 is going to make the Hall. As good as he is and has been, I find it difficult to believe that he will get the recognition he deserves unless this team becomes a threat in the NFC over the next few years. I certainly think that’s possible, especially if Jackson stays healthy and we get another back to take some of the pressure off.