Steven Jackson wasn't waiting by the phone late last month when the Patriots called looking for a running back to plug the holes of their battered backfield.
He didn't even hear it ring as he sat in a meeting with some of his St. Louis business partners, going over some legal documents for his restaurant there.
"I had a missed call. My agent called me back and asked if the Patriots reached out to me," he said. "It kind of went from there."
Six weeks later, the three-time Pro Bowl selection — who last appeared in the playoffs as a St. Louis Rams rookie in 2004 — is in the unlikely position of being just a game away from a Super Bowl...