St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) runs for a 35-yard gain as Houston Texans safety Bernard Pollard gives chase during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Steven Jackson has carried a puny St. Louis Rams' offense on his aching back all season. His efforts did not go unnoticed.
The running back was rewarded on Tuesday when he was named to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his six-year career. He was the only player honored on a 1-14 team that's one loss away from the first pick of the draft.
Jackson tweeted the news late Tuesday afternoon and the Rams later confirmed the honor. The game will be played Jan. 31 in Miami.
"It's been a rough year at times for the kid," Jackson tweeted. "But it's very humbling to know my peers, coaches & fans, made me a pro bowler."
Jackson is second in the NFL with 1,353 yards rushing and fourth with 1,675 yards from scrimmage heading into the Rams' season finale against San Francisco. He played despite a herniated disk for a month while carrying an offense that's the worst in the NFL before sitting out Sunday's loss at Arizona -- the only game he's missed.
Jackson also made the Pro Bowl in 2006, when he rushed for a career-best 1,528 yards and had 2,334 yards from scrimmage -- the fifth best in NFL history. He has a career-high seven 100-yard rushing games and has 11 games with 100 or more total yards.
Earlier this season, Jackson became the first running back in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards in five consecutive seasons.
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