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Steven Jackson: 'I'd rather go out like Barry Sanders'

With free agency looming, St. Louis Rams star running back Steven Jackson is hinting at retiring at the end of the 2012 season.

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With just one more game left before becoming a free agent, St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson may be playing his last game in a Rams uniform.

When asked by ESPN about his thoughts on potentially leaving St. Loius, Jackson took it a step further by hinting that he may consider retiring at the end of the season.

"If I have to write my story," Jackson said Thursday, "I'd rather go out like Barry Sanders and leaving people to want more than to leave too late...Maybe this last one," he said laughing. "Those hits hurt."

Jackson, 29, has played nine seasons and rushed for over 10,000 yards. He is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, but the Rams have not had a winning season during Jackson's time in St. Louis.

Things are looking up for the Rams, who have a chance to have their best record since 2003 with a win Sunday and have two first-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft. Even with this, Jackson is not ruling out the possibility of leaving St. Louis or just retiring.