Jackson defies age in NFL

Former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) runs during an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Fred Jackson is the exception in the NFL: a running back, playing at a high level into his 30’s.

Jackson, 33, is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. He says, he takes pride in maintaining his level of play.

“I think a lot of it has to do with just being highly motivated,” said Jackson. “I am the oldest running back in the league. That’s something I pride myself on. I don’t want to lose a step. I still want to be out there and compete with these guys.”

As he enters his eighth season with the Bills, Jackson says the ability to split snaps with guys like Marshawn Lynch and C.J. Spiller helped extend his career.

“Being able to take some of that pressure off and some of that workload has allowed me to thrive,” said Jackson.

The Bills are halfway through their second week of voluntary conditioning work, with three more weeks to go until Organized Team Activities.

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