Maurice Jones-Drew Announces Retirement: “All Good Things Come to An End”

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After nine season in the NFL, former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is officially retiring at the age of 29.  Drew announced his decision on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Drew spent eight seasons with the Jaguars and his ninth and final season with the Oakland Raiders.  

He finishes his career with 8,167 rushing yards on 1,847 carries for an impressive 4.4 average. He had 68 rushing touchdowns and 11 receiving touchdowns.

The stats really don’t do MJD justice. His uncanny knack for bouncing off defenders yielded a number of electrifying highlights. Those plays helped him emerge as a star in the league, despite spending the majority of his career playing for a team that long struggled for an identity. In fact, the Jags only reached the playoffs once while he was there, in 2007.

He did have some notable achievements on his own, however. He reached the Pro Bowl three times in his career — 2009, 2010 and 2011 — and was named first-team All-Pro twice.

Drew currently holds several Jaguars franchise records, including the single season record for all-purpose yards (2,250) and single-season record for rushing yards (1,606). He’s also the team’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 68.