Maurice Jones-Drew had some of the best moments for the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past decade. His eight seasons with the team saw him amass an excellent 8,071 yards, 68 touchdowns, and 4.5 yards per attempt average. That’s ridiculously solid production from the former face of the franchise. He was a three-time Pro Bowler, two-time All Pro, and held the rushing title in 2011 with 1,606 yards on a ridiculously poor Jags team. That season he had the same yards per attempt (4.7) as then-starting QB Blaine Gabbert’s adjusted yards per attempt.
But it isn’t just the numbers that made Maurice Jones-Drew so great as a Jaguar.
He brought some serious attitude with him and he was the biggest superstar on the team during his time as the feature back.
It all started with the 2006 NFL Draft and his being snubbed in the first round. He chose number 32, for the teams who didn’t think him worthy of being a first-rounder. That’s some serious attitude that set the tone for his hard running style and his career.
Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
One of the best memories is when he blew up Shawne Merriman:
This stiff arm to the face is pretty nice, too (poor quality, though):
But really it’s all about what he put together on the field over the length of his career:
It was a pleasure to watch him play every time he touched the ball. Whether it was from the early kick returns and put returns after first entering the league or dominating the league in 2011, he always provided a spark. There was always the chance he could blow a game open for the Jaguars any time he touched the ball. It was a pleasure to watch.