Fred Jackson has been without an NFL home since 2015. On Wednesday, that will change.
At least for a day.
The former Bills running back will sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the team where he played his first eight seasons.
Jackson rushed for 5,646 yards and 30 touchdowns. However, it was his work in the community that he may be remembered for the most.
Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams played alongside Jackson for all eight years and never wanted to disappoint his former teammate.
“Fred was one of the originals, I looked at Fred and I identified him as a guy that I really didn’t want to let down,” Williams said.
Williams ingratiated himself into the community of Buffalo much like Jackson, making him a fan favorite.
Former Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny retired from the Jaguars on Monday. Williams put Posluszny on Jackson’s level as a teammate and a role model.
“As far as teammates go these guys literally give you everything they have and I want to return the favor,” Williams said.
Williams didn’t look too far ahead when he first arrived in Buffalo. He was just worried about doing his job. Now, he’s entering his 13th season.
“I’ve been lucky, I’ve blessed to be here so long,” he said, “For a guy that came in and most thought–maybe he’ll be here for a little bit, maybe he won’t, we’ll see. The only expectations I had for myself was to go out, compete and prove my spot.”
Not many players have the opportunity to play for only one team. Williams realizes how fortunate he has been to put on the Buffalo helmet throughout his entire career.
“I appreciate this organization, this city, and this town and I think it just kind of worked out,” he said, “We’re obviously very lucky to do it (play in the NFL). There’s a lot of great players that go places and move on. We’re just lucky, I guess.”