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Steven Jackson quashes his own retirement rumor

The Steven Jackson retirement rumor started by Steven Jackson has been quashed by -- wait for it -- Steven Jackson.

Shortly after the St. Louis Rams ended their season with a 20-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Jackson confirmed that he plans to return for a 10th NFL season.

"I definitely plan on coming back," he said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jackson, 29, finished with 1,042 yards, becoming the sixth player in NFL history to post eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Jackson averaged 4.1 yards per carry on 257 touches, proving nearly 2,400 career carries haven't sapped him of his ability.

Jackson is expected to void the $7 million player option remaining on his Rams contract to test the open market. Jackson no longer is a workhorse, but he can be an ideal complementary back in the right system.

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