Jackson is grateful for Lynch and Spiller

Fred Jackson joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Wednesday afternoon

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April 18, 2018 - 4:42 pm

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Former running back Fred Jackson signed a one-day contract on Wednesday to officially retire as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Jackson spent eight seasons with the Bills, finishing as the third leading rusher in franchise history, sitting only behind Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson. 

Jackson was one of the best underdog stories in football for years after coming from Division III football school Coe College. He also played in the North American Football League and NFL Europe before making it to the NFL. 

Twice in Fred Jackson's career, the Bills drafted a running back in the first round of the draft. Marshawn Lynch was the 12th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, while C.J. Spiller was taken with the ninth overall pick in 2010. Jackson outlasted both players' tenure with the team.

Jackson joined Schopp & the Bulldog on his big day, and said he wouldn't be the player he became without Lynch and Spiller on the roster. Here's some of the best from Jackson's appearance:


On signing his one day contract with the Bills
"As a player you want to comeback to where you started. Put a book end to your career. You come back where you actually got started as a player, you want to show the fans that that time is what meant the most to you."


Looking back on his time in Buffalo
"When I think about myself as a professional football player, it was when I was playing in Buffalo. Whenever I talk about playing football, I talk about my time in Buffalo. For me it was a hands down, no brainer to comeback and retire as a Buffalo Bill."
 

On his long journey to the NFL
"It was a lot of work to get to where I was. I tell kids that all the time. If you don't get drafted, don't give up. If you don't become a 1st round pick or you're a late round pick and end up getting cut by a team, don't let that deter you from the dream of playing in the NFL."


On if he ever thought about quitting
"After I played that second year in that indoor league, I rushed for almost 2,000 yards on a 50-yard field. Something like 58 touchdowns rushing and I didn't get a call right away. I was thinking to myself, what more do I have to do."
 

On the Bills drafting a first round running back twice in his career
"Drafting both Marshawn and C.J. was a great benefit for me, because it let me know that you've never arrived. Don't ever feel like you've arrived because once you feel like that you get complacent. You'll be out of a job. I still talk to both of those guys. They made me the best player I could of been by pushing me and making me appreciate every time I stepped on the field, I had to be at the top of my game."


You can listen to Jackson's full interview with Schopp and the Bulldog below:

04-18 Former Bills RB Fred Jackson with Schopp and the Bulldog

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