Inside The Bills

How Jackson has defied age

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2014 – 7:50 pm

Fred Jackson just turned 33 in February, but the Bills veteran back, who just signed a contract extension Wednesday, doesn’t move and cut like a 33-year old. Jackson has a couple of theories as to why.

Jackson said he feels as good as he ever has coming into this season, which might be surprising to some knowing he played on a sprained MCL for more than half the season. But Jackson’s injury healed on its own and he had no residual effects.

“Nothing at all, I didn’t have to focus on that,” said Jackson. “Our training staff did a tremendous job getting me ready to play week in and week out. There were no surgeries needed. I’ve been blessed enough in this league that I’ve yet to need to have surgery. Hopefully we can keep it that way and I can continue to stay healthy.”

 As for his longevity at what is known as a very punishing position Jackson believes he feels as good as he does because he didn’t have any rehab work in the offseason.

“Well one of the main reasons is that I’m not coming off of any major prolonged injuries. I had a tremendous offseason with our strength and conditioning coaches, I think they did a great job getting me to where I am today, so I’ve got to give those guys a lot of credit,” he said. “I’m hungry and motivated. I think a renewed sense of getting this thing turned around, with some of the moves we made in the offseason putting the pieces around us I think that’s got to have a lot of guys excited, and I’m one of them.”


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