Jaguars legend Maurice Jones-Drew's attempt to debunk aggregator backfires

• Maurice Jones-Drew was a playmaker for the Jaguars but he never got any MVP votes.
Dec 24, 2011; Nashville, TN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs
Dec 24, 2011; Nashville, TN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs / Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Aggregator accounts are known for spreading misinformation on social media. Just recently, one claimed that no Jacksonville Jaguars player had ever earned MVP votes. Maurice Jones-Drew tried to debunk the claim but it backfired.

In response to the original post, Jones-Drew said that he has been a two-time finalist. That would've been proof that Jaguars players have indeed received MVP if it weren't for the fact that it's not true. While the former UCLA Bruin was a playmaker in his heyday, he never got MVP votes. As a result, he got community-noted.

In case you're not familiar with them, community notes serve as a fact-checked mechanism on Twitter. They're attached to misleading posts or those that contain erroneous information. In this case, Jones-Drew has never received an MVP vote, not even when he was the NFL rushing leader in 2021. That year, he toted the rock 343 times for 1,606 yards and eight touchdowns. Moreover, he hauled in 43 receptions for 374 yards and three touchdowns.

But as productive as he was in 2021, Jones-Drew was snubbed in favor of Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, who received 48 and two votes, respectively. Heck, MoJo didn't even get a single vote for Offensive Player of the Year vote, and that was in his best NFL season. Rodgers got 43 while Brees received seven.

In his defense, Jones-Drew did earn a First-Team All-Pro designation in 2011 but that's not remotely close to an MVP vote, even if it's also an illustrious honor. Make no mistake, Jones-Drew was a playmaker for the Jaguars in the late 2000s and early 2100s, but he never got MVP consideration.

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence has actually received MVP votes

Lost in the exchange between Maurice Jones-Drew and the aggregator is that the Jacksonville Jaguars have indeed had one of their players earn MVP votes. That was Trevor Lawrence in 2022. That year, Patrick Mahomes won league MVP but Lawrence received votes for fourth and fifth place and finished seventh in the race.

In previous years, 50 national media members would decide who would win MVP, and they cast only one vote. But starting in 2022, the Associated Press changed the system to ranked voting. Under the new format, voters submit a list of five players deserving of MVP honors and said players get points (10-5-3-2-1) based on their ranking.

In Lawrence's case, he got three points in 2022 because he got a fourth and fifth-place ranking. He was a long shot to win the MVP award but he still got votes, which is worth recognition. While he got off to somewhat of a slow start that season, he finished strong, completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 2,061 yards with 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions in the last nine games.

In the end, that wasn't enough to win the MVP award but it at least shows that one Jaguar has gotten MVP votes, which was the root of the discussion on social media.

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