The Buffalo Bills today announced a contract extension for running back Fred Jackson at an afternoon press conference at One Bills Drive.
Jackson led the Bills in rushing for the third straight year in 2011, posting 934 yards on 170 carries with six touchdowns in 10 games. He finished the season first in the AFC (second in the NFL) with a 5.5 rushing average.
Last week, Jackson was awarded as one of NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2012" ranking 83rd overall.
"I think that was something we both wanted to do. Just get it done and get it out of the way so we can focus on football," said Jackson. "Our fans have been with us through thick and thin. That's what I want to do. I want to be here for them because they've always supported me."
"He means a lot to the city of Buffalo and the fans," said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "For us to be able to have him here and for him to be happy and to be able to put it all out there on the field, it's a great thing for everybody."
A 6-1, 216-pound Coe College product, Jackson signed with Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in 2006. Jackson has totaled 3,794 rushing yards on 817 carries and 16 touchdowns and added 175 catches for 1,535 yards and four touchdowns in 66 games with 38 starts.
"This is a great day for Buffalo," said Bills General Manager Buddy Nix. "He was a big piece of the puzzle for us."
Jackson and his entire family, who stay in Buffalo year-round enjoyed the day of celebration at One Bills Drive.
"We're really excited, and it's fun for all of us," said Fred's wife, Danielle. "We're really involved with everything Fred does, so it's easy to stay supportive. It was important for us to stay here."
"You work towards something and to have a day like this is the cream of the crop," said Jackson. "Now it's just about going out and playing football. Where else would I rather be than Buffalo?"