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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Fred Jackson was so strapped for cash while playing professional football in Germany that he and his wife had to rely on their poker winnings to afford going out for fancy dinners.

“I was broke,” the former Buffalo Bills running back said, laughing while reflecting on his 2006 season with the now-defunct NFL Europa Rhein Fire.

“We played poker so we could go out to eat and go see some of the sights and stuff like that courtesy of my teammates,” he added, noting that his wife, Danielle, was better than he at cards.

“It was one of those things that made me appreciate everything about this, coming from those humble beginnings.”

Jackson had time to reminisce Wednesday upon returning to Buffalo to sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Bills. The formality brought closure to a nine-season NFL career that Jackson built on both a powerful running style and sheer perseverance.
Fred Jackson led the Bills in rushing yards during four of his eight seasons in Buffalo. He still ranks third on the team list, with 5,646 yards rushing and 15 100-yard games, and fourth with 30 touchdowns rushing. Chris Trotman/Getty Images
That combination led the undrafted Division III Coe College product to make the jump from playing in the U.S. Indoor Football League to Europe and then to Buffalo’s practice squad before finally entrenching himself as a Bills fan favorite.

“It’s a story that’s like nobody else’s, and that’s something to be proud of,” said Jackson, who made his NFL debut with Buffalo as a 26-year-old rookie in 2007.

“It’s something that I try to share with students when I go talk to schools. Just because you don’t get drafted, don’t give up. And it makes it that much sweeter when you accomplish it.”

Jackson led the Bills in rushing yards during four of his eight seasons in Buffalo, despite sharing a backfield first with Marshawn Lynch and then with C.J. Spiller. Jackson still ranks third on the team list, with 5,646 yards rushing and 15 100-yard games, and fourth with 30 touchdowns rushing.

As for popularity, Jackson became one of the faces of the franchise for his leadership and lunch-bucket approach. He was so respected by his teammates that many began honoring Jackson by wearing T-shirts that featured the phrase “FredEx Delivers.”

“When I looked at Fred, I identified him as a guy like, ‘You know what? I really don’t want to let that guy down,’” Bills veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “Those guys are — I’m not going to say rare because I feel like we’ve had some good guys come through these doors — but those guys are special, and Fred’s one of those guys.”

Overall, Jackson finished with 5,746 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns (nine receiving), including his final season in 2015, which he spent with the Seattle Seahawks after being cut by the Bills.

Although he hasn’t played since, Jackson said he was still attracting interest from teams, including the Minnesota Vikings last season. At 37, he decided it was finally time to call it quits.
“That’s ancient for a running back, and it was just time,” he said. “And to be able to come back to Buffalo and sign a one-day contract makes it a little easier.”

Although he now lives in Iowa, Jackson plans to maintain a connection to Buffalo, where he is a part-owner of a downtown steak restaurant. He has already made plans to hold a youth football camp in August, which he hopes becomes an annual event.

Jackson will always remain a Bills fan and felt a part of the team last season, when Buffalo clinched a playoff berth on the final weekend of the season to end what had been a 17-year postseason drought.

“I was running around the house screaming, and my son was doing the same thing,” said Jackson, who made the playoffs in his one season with the Seahawks. “We’re still huge Bills fans. This is still family for us. We were as ecstatic as everybody else.”

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SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell looked at coach Quin Snyder when he arrived for shootaround Thursday, and the intensity on his face and in his body language was unmistakable.

“When he comes in like that, man, we generally respond with the same energy,” Mitchell said.

The Jazz rookie scored 19 points, Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 117-95 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.

Derrick Favors scored 16 points, and Jonas Jerebko and Alec Burks each had 13.

The Clippers are desperately chasing a playoff spot, but the Jazz displayed an urgency from the opening tip and never trailed.

“Tonight we were just tighter. We had more connectivity as a group. I think our guys understood what an important game this was,” Snyder said. “As you move forward every game matters in a significant way.”

Meanwhile, the Clippers couldn’t explain their sluggish performance.

“It was terrible,” said Austin Rivers, who led Los Angeles with 19 points. “… They played harder. It looked like they understood how important this game was.”

Montrezl Harrell had 17 for LA, which trails eighth-place New Orleans by 2 1/2 games with three to play.

The Jazz are in position for home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs — win out and they will host at least the first round, an almost inconceivable notion before they went 27-5 over the last 11 weeks.

“We’ve just been locked in defensively,” said Joe Ingles, who had 11 points and nine assists. “We executed early tonight and got them to call an early timeout and then we just kept stepping on their throat from there on out.”

The Clippers, who shot just 3 for 17 from beyond the arc, have lost three of four and have nearly been eliminated from the postseason.

“They beat us in every way, so give them credit. First game that I thought we let go of the rope was tonight. You could see it early. It was disappointing,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

The Jazz put the game away with a 9-2 run early in the second half and led by 30 during the fourth quarter.

The Clippers had trouble staying with Utah’s multiple screen-and-roll actions and seemed to be chasing the ball all game.

Utah took the season series 3-1.


Clippers: Tobias Harris got a technical foul with 5:58 left in the second quarter for arguing. … Danilo Gallinari missed his fourth game in the last six with a sore right hand. … The Clippers failed to reach the 100-point mark for just the second time in their last 12 games.

Jazz: Rubio, who missed the Memphis game with a sore left hamstring, scored nine points in the first quarter but did not return as his leg tightened. … Jae Crowder also left the game in the first quarter after getting poked in the eye. … Gobert got a technical foul in the second quarter. … Mitchell had scored at least 20 points in his last 10 games but sat the last 14 minutes of the blowout.

Ingles became the first Jazz player to make 200 3-pointers in a season after hitting a jumper from beyond the arc in the opening minutes of the second half. The Australian forward was fourth in the league in 3-point percentage at 44.2 coming into the game and has the NBA’s longest active streak with 36 games with a 3-pointer. Mitchell, who is six behind the rookie record for 3-pointers made, has the second-best mark at 179 and counting. Both passed the 178 that Randy Foye made in the 2012-13 campaign.


“We almost pulled off a complete 48-minute game. We played well at both ends of the floor and played Jazz basketball,” Jerebko said, before acknowledging that Utah has been building to this crescendo over the past three months. Favors said Utah has been playing as well as any time in his eight years with the Jazz. Coach Rivers agrees, saying “if you don’t think they’re better than last year, you’re crazy.”