Want to take someone to one of the Rams' eight home games this season? All you need is a little knowledge about St. Louis' architectural sites, and Steven Jackson will help you get there.
Looking to learn more about the city himself and interested in sharing his passion for architecture, Steven is launching the SJ39 St. Louis ArchiTix Contest today through the end of the regular season.
"I just feel like St. Louis has such great architecture," Steven explained. "I wanted to show off its beauty. It's a city that I've been living in for seven years now and I'm greatly appreciative of the community, the way they have embraced me. This gives us another way to educate people, not only on Rams football and the sport, but to also to educate them on the city of the team that I represent."
Each day of the week prior to a Rams home game, No. 39 will post a clue to a different St. Louis architectural site on his Facebook fan page. After learning the clue, participants can head over to Steven's web site, SJ39.com, and save their answers.
Fans who get all five answers correct win a chance at a pair of tickets, courtesy of S-Jax himself.
A LIFELONG PASSION
As Steven explained in a lengthy interview on his website, architecture isn't just a passing interest. It evolved from a childhood love of drawing into high school drafting classes, and eventually, college studies.
"At Oregon State," said Steven, "I really fell in love with it. It allowed me to broaden my horizons on things and find out the history of architecture. We covered everything from the late Greeks and the Romans, to the Egyptians and the Muslims. It was really cool to see civilization, at such an early point in our history, be so advanced. That was something that I always found fascinating."
One day, after he finishes playing football and acquires the necessary degrees, Steven sees a career in architecture as a real possibility.
"I definitely want to practice architecture," he said. "I want to have my own firm. I'm very interested in the residential side of architecture…The American dream is to have your own house. So if I can design something that someone is going to appreciate and cherish for the rest of their lives and have fond memories in it, that I could be a part of that, I think that's amazing."
Steven has been active online for several years now, launching a strong brand presence with his web site and actively engaging fans on Twitter and more recently, Facebook. For him, it's a way to let more people know about his experience in the NFL and his life, and to express his gratitude.
The ticket contest is a natural extension.
"It's a huge honor to be a part of professional football and it's a dream that a lot of people don't get to live out," Steven said. "For me to be able to give back to my fans and share my enjoyment and my experiences in my professional career is great."
"I didn't have a chance to go to my first professional football game until I was getting ready to go into the NFL. So it's really cool to be able to give back to the fans, hopefully have them enjoy a game and see me play live."
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