Fred Jackson has spent his entire NFL career, eight full seasons, with the Buffalo Bills. During that time, he has established himself as a valuable running back, return man and receiver. In 2009, Jackson became the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and total more than 1,000 kick-off return yards in the same season.
Early Years & College
Jackson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 20, 1981. Jackson attended Arlington Lamar High where he never started a varsity game and was only elevated to second string his senior year due to injury. After graduating, he received no college scholarship offers, instead enrolling at tiny Division III Coe College (Iowa). At Coe, in 2002, Jackson ran for 1,702 yards and 29 touchdowns and was named a consensus All-American.
Early Pro Career
Deemed too small for the NFL, Jackson started his professional career with the Sioux City Bandits of the National Indoor Football League and United Indoor Football (UIF). In 2005, Jackson was named UIF co-MVP after amassing 1,770 yards and 53 touchdowns. Jackson also spent one season playing for the Rhein (Germany) Fire in NFL Europa where he rushed for 731 yards.
In 2006, Jackson caught the eye of Bills GM Marv Levy and received an invitation to training camp. He was signed to the team’s practice quad on Sept. 3, 2006 and made his first NFL start on Dec. 2, 2007. Splitting carries with Marshawn Lynch for the next two seasons, Jackson emerged as an explosive change-of-pace back. Jackson won the starting job outright in 2009 and rushed for a career-high 1,062 yards, while leading the NFL in combined net yards (2,516). In eight seasons in Buffalo, Jackson has accumulated 5.121 rushing yards, 1,241 kick-off return yards and 2,139 receiving yards. He is expected to split carries with C.J. Spiller in 2014.
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