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Fred Jackson: "I'm ancient for a running back"

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Posted at 5:43 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 17:47:00-05

Preparing for the grand opening of the restaurant SEAR, former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson spoke about being a partner for the steakhouse and his career in the NFL.

Jackson, who last played for Seattle in 2015 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in his career, said to finally advance to the postseason was a dream come true as is opening the restaurant in downtown Buffalo.

"We're extremely excited," he said.  "It's something that I always wanted to do and I had this opportunity to work with the tremendous partners that we have.  I'm extremely grateful for it.  It's great the day is finally here."

Although he's currently not playing, the running back says he continues to workout daily in case a team calls.

"I want to play one more year.  If it doesn't happen, I know I played nine solid season in Buffalo and a year in Seattle last year and it's something that I can be ok with," he said. "But, I'm staying in shape and if  team does reach out I'll be able to go in and contribute as soon as I hit the ground."

But, after a 10 year career in which he ran for 5,746 yards and 30 touchdowns, Jackson is also preparing to enter the next phase.

"I'm ancient for a running back right now at 35.  But, retirement is something that is inevitable. We all have to do it.  Father time is an undisputed champion," he said.  "Once that road is crossed, we'll get there.  Like I said, I had nine solid years in Buffalo that I'll always lean back on and it's something that won't be a doomsday for me when I do finally hang them up.

"We do have a timeline. It's something I have to break to my son.  He wants me to play until I'm like 70. It's a conversation I'll have to have with him.  It won't be long after the offseason starts for this season for me to make that decision."