Former NFL running back Steven Jackson was happy to rejoin the league with a one-day contract to officially retire with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams but was not so happy with the summons to submit to a drug test according to Jared Schwartz of the New York Post.
“Dear NFL can you tell Mr. Lombardo that I signed a one day contract,” Jackson said. “I will not be reporting today for my random drug test screening. Thanks in advance #retirement life.”
While Jackson has kept himself in great shape and looks like he could play tomorrow, the reality is that he is a 36-year-old whose last NFL action was a short stint with the New England Patriots, capping off an illustrious 12-year career.
All players are required to submit to a once-a-year drug test sometime between 4/20 and early August-and apparently that includes players who only join the roster for a day so they can ceremoniously retire with their original team and have no interest in actually playing. While this is set up by an independent administrator rather than the league office, it doesn’t seem like it should take a Rhodes Scholar to differentiate between actual players and guys like Jackson.
Possibly another issue to bring up for the new CBA.