After 9 years in the NFL, former Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement on Twitter.
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Jones-Drew departed Jacksonville last year as a free agent, signing with the Oakland Raiders for what ended up being his final NFL season. Over the course of his career, Jones-Drew accumulated an impressive 8,176 yards rushing and 68 rushing TDs over 9 seasons, and he is arguably one of the best players in the history of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jones-Drew started his NFL career as a change-of-pace back behind veteran Fred Taylor, and he contributed significantly on special teams as a kick returner. MJD took over the role as primary ball carrier upon Taylor’s departure, and he took advantage. Jones-Drew ran for at least 1,300 yards the first 3 seasons he took the reigns as the main running back, and he led the league in rushing in 2011 with 1,606 yards on the ground.
Jones-Drew has provided a lot of great memories for Jaguars fans, and he was without a doubt the biggest national star on the team since the turn of the millennium. His name will most likely be hung up in Everbank Field in the Pride of Jaguars sometime in the next few years.
Enjoy some of the reactions on Twitter below.