Fred Jackson wants to play in 2017, retire a Bill, talks current Buffalo squad
Fred Jackson was back in Siouxland for this weekend's Sioux City Bandits season opener and spoke with Siouxland News Sports Director Chris Neyenhouse.
For the ten year NFL veteran it was a chance to visit the place his pro career began.
Of course before Jackson spent a decade as the workhorse running back for the Buffalo Bills he starred here in Sioux city for the Bandits back in 2005 earning co-MVP honors. He spent Saturday signing autographs and talking with fans in the place his pro career started. And after sitting out last season from the NFL, Jackson is not quite ready for his career to end.
"Playing-wise, I would love to play again," he said. "You know, I'm going to try and see if I could get on a roster again. I'm going to try and see if I can get on a roster this year, training camps and things like that. If I can get into one I'm going to try to spend the next two, three months trying to get on a roster. And you know, if it doesn't happen I'm going to hang my hat on the ten years that I did play. I was in contact with a few teams last year about coming in, and things just never worked out. We'll see. We'll shake those branches and see if something happens. If it doesn't, like I said, I had ten years that I played and I enjoyed every minute of it."
And if it doesn't happen there's certainly fans in Buffalo who would love to see him retire as a Buffalo Bill. When Jackson was cut from the team two pre-seasons ago some fans were afraid it would make Jackson less open to such a ceremony. Jackson put that to rest.
"It's automatic," said Jackson. "It has to be as a Buffalo Bill. You know, I owe those guys everything. The fan base has by far stuck behind me the most. And still talk to me now. That's not to take anything from anybody. But the Bills Mafia is who has made me who I am today. I love playing for those guys. As long as I can go sign that one day contract and retire as a Buffalo Bill. If they're going to have me, I'd definitely love to do that."
As for the current state of the Bills, Jackson says he's really as interested as any fan about what they're future holds as free agency begins in the coming weeks.
"I think they've got a great coach," said Jackson. "You know, one who knows what they want to do. I'm sure they are all putting in a plan of what it is they want to get accomplished right now. The next two months is going to determine what he wants to do. I know they've got the whole Tyrod thing going on. I like Tyrod. I like what he brings to the table. But again that's not my decision to make. I hope the best for all those guys. I think they all did some great things last year. There was just a couple games they came up short in. You know that's the nature of the business. When you fall short you don't get to where you want to be in the end. But I think they have the pieces there. If those guys stay healthy I think they'll be able to contend and get to the playoffs next year."