All of the sudden Jager has to run sub-8 to justify his career? Come on guys he's the greatest US Steepler ever. He has probably 8 of the top 10 marks on the all-time performance list. He has a medals, records, etc. Why can't he just run 8 flat and still have "the fire" whatever that means.
He said he wasn't willing to be the rabbit the final mile of a steeplechase anymore and to be honest being that rabbit in the past is probably the reason he hasn't always finished well. He happens to be 3rd in the world behind two absolute studs.
If he ran 7:56 today I bet you people would be ripping him for not getting the world record.