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 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.