Hey Steven, what's that fragrance you are wearing? It smells vaguely familiar. I think I had the same one in middle school. Wait...is that...:sniff, sniff:....desperation? Jesus Christ Steven, have a little pride man. You are an accomplished professional athlete. If a team wants you they will let you know. Darren McFadden has been hurt for like six minutes. Steven Jackson is like the guy that is waiting in the weeds for a girl to be single, and then asks her out the night she breaks up with her boyfriend. You're coming on too strong bro. You're going to scare her away. Photoshopping the number 39 in the clouds above AT&T Stadium before you're even a member of the Cowboys is like buying a engagement ring before the first date. It's like carving "SJ <3's JJ" into a picnic table before your first casual lunch there.
You remember in high school when you were asked to do a powerpoint presentation. You always dolled it up with as many graphics as possible to make the actual content look better than it was? That's the equivalent of Steven Jackson careful crafting his number into the bright lights of Dallas Cowboys football. Yeah, that picture actually does look pretty awesome, but it doesn't change the fact that it illustrates an inferior product. It's like putting a super creative cover sheet on an outdated resume. A 30 year old running back applying for a job in the NFL is like a manual laborer applying to a be line worker at a to work at an advertising firm. It's an unnecessary addition. Just like we've got graphic designer's leaving artists outdated, we've got cheap 22 year old running backs making aging halfbacks obsolete. It doesn't matter how good the pitch is if the employer doesn't trust you to follow through on it. Steven Jackson may have a future in marketing himself, but his future in delivering on his athletic promise may be coming to an end. There is no surer sign of that than an ex-Pro Bowler that has to remind teams that he is still unemployed.