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Jackson "Jack" Rourke is the main protagonist and role that players take on in Need for Speed: The Run. He is portrayed by actor Sean Faris.

He is a marked man running from both the Mob and the Police. He is chased by the police for his street racing offences and vehicle thefts as well as by Mob due to the large debt he owes them.

He enters a massive illegal street racing event called "The Run" by an associate - Sam Harper. He must win the race whilst avoiding the Mob and Police.


  • Jack is the first protagonist to have his face seen during cut scenes. Previous protagonist's faces were only seen in busted cut scenes but were blurred out.
  • Jack is the second protagonist to have a full name in-game. The first was Ryan Cooper in Need for Speed: ProStreet.
  • He is also the first protagonist to talk in a story driven Need for Speed title.
  • He is replaced by Matt in the Wii and 3DS releases of the game.


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