BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Two weeks ago, former Bills running back Fred Jackson said he wasn't ready to retire.
Despite being 36 -- considered over the hill for running backs in the National Football League -- he believes he can still be a steady presence and contributor in the backfield on Sundays.
"I want to play and it’s one of those where we’ll see what happens,” he said during the Kelly for Kids Foundation Gala on June 4. “Training camps are around the corner and if teams lose a back or two, maybe they’ll give me a call.
“I’m not ready to hang ‘em up yet. But, I do know that I’m 36 and a lot of teams are scared of that, so we’ll see what happens.”
Jackson will get an opportunity to prove he can still contribute next month during the Spring League Showcase from July 10-14 in California.
The Spring League, which describes itself as an instructional league and showcase for professional football talent, began in 2016 and is comprised of four teams. The showcase will pit a team from California against the players on the East Team.
According to the organization 19 players received invites to participate in NFL minicamps after participating in The Spring League.
Let's add one more to the list of Spring League players invited to an NFL minicamp: OL Tino Tuilata (Redskins). That's 19 in all, so far.— The Spring League (@TheSpringLeague) May 10, 2017
After being released from the Bills prior to the 2015 season, Jackson signed a one year contract with the Seattle Seahawks and advanced to to the postseason for the first time in his career along side former Buffalo teammate Marshawn Lynch.
He did not play for a team during the 2016-2017 season.
Jackson isn't the only former Bills running back that will participate in the showcase. Boobie Dixon, who played for Buffalo in 2014 and 2015, will suit up as well after spending the last year away from the game.
It's going down 😀,I'll be there Bay Area,I think it's a great idea for guys trying to show they stuff,I'm so excited can't wait 🙌🏿💯 https://t.co/CCp9vA8wTS— Anthony Dixon (@Boobie24Dixon) May 9, 2017
Former Bills defensive back coach Donnie Henderson will serve as a coach of the East Team.