Maurice Jones-Drew is a three-time All-Pro running back for the Oakland Raiders. He previously played eight seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars and won the NFL rushing title during the 2011 season.
Jones-Drew was born in Oakland, CA on March 23, 1985 and attended De La Salle High School in Concord, CA. During his three-year football career at the school, his team never lost a single game and he started on both sides of the football as a running back and linebacker. His stock rose dramatically after scoring four touchdowns on national television against Long Beach Poly High School, and he was rated as the top all-purpose running back in the country by Rivals.com as a senior. He enrolled at UCLA to continue his playing career following graduation.
Jones-Drew became instant offense for the Bruins after arriving on campus, leading the team with 582 rushing yards as a true freshman. As a sophomore, he rushed for a career-best 1,007 yards and eight touchdowns, while also catching three touchdown passes. He emerged as one of the nation’s best all-purpose backs as a junior in 2005, rushing and receiving for over 1,300 yards and scoring 17 total touchdowns. He was an All-American first team selection and also named to the All-Pac 10 first team. Away from the football field, Jones-Drew also ran track for UCLA, competing in the 60 and 200 meter dash for the Bruins.
After his junior season at UCLA, Jones-Drew declared early for the 2006 NFL Draft. Despite being one of the best running backs in the draft, he fell to the late second round before the Jacksonville Jaguars picked him 60th overall. As a rookie, he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards, and his 5.7 yards per carry average was the highest for a back with over 100 carries, since Barry Sanders in 1997. He put up only pedestrian statistics his next two seasons, but exploded in 2009 with 1,391 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns for the Jaguars and was named to his first All-Pro team.
Jones-Drew was again named First-Team All Pro in 2010 and 2011, and he won the NFL rushing title with 1,606 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in the 2011 season. Injuries limited him to six games in 2012 and he ran for a career-worst 414 yards and only one touchdown. After a dismal 2013 season with 803 rushing yards and five touchdowns, he became a free-agent.
After eight seasons in Jacksonville, Jones-Drew signed a three-year contract to join the Oakland Raiders on March 28, 2014.
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