The file on Maurice Jones-Drew
UCLA: Drew, then Jones-Drew
Maurice Drew changed his last name while playing at UCLA after Maurice Jones, Drew's No. 1 fan and grandfather, had a heart attack in the stands and died shortly after a game at the Rose Bowl in 2006. Drew now has Jones-Drew stitched on the back of his jersey.
Rise to greatness
One of the greatest players in Jacksonville Jaguars’ history, Jones-Drew holds 81 team records, among them most rushing touchdowns with 68 in eight NFL seasons. The Antioch native played in 99 games with 55 starts after being drafted in the second round (60th overall) out of UCLA.
This is the first time in eight seasons that Jones-Drew entered the realm of unrestricted free agency. Among teams reported to be interested in his services this season: the Patriots, Jets, Steelers and Dolphins.
High praise from Belichick
In 2009, Patriots coach Bill Belichick called Jones-Drew one of the best running backs in the NFL. “I think he can do it all,” said Belichick, praising Jones-Drew’s ability to dominate in the running game, return kicks, catch the ball as well as pass protect.
Jones-Drew has been a prolific ball carrier and is is the only player in Jaguars’ franchise history to record 300-plus rushes in two different seasons. In 2009, he rushed for 1,391 yards and 15 touchdowns on 312 carries. In 2011, Jones-Drew rushed 343 times for an NFL-leading 1,606 yards and eight TDs.
2012: Jones-Drew goes down
A foot injury in 2012 limited Jones-Drew to only six games and he posted a career-low 414 rushing yards as a result. His average-per-carry that season was 4.8 yards, however, and he converted 24.4 percent of his first down opportunities.
Rebound with the Raiders?
In 2013, Jones-Drew appeared to slow down after eight seasons of being Jacksonville’s go-to offensive player. He averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry. The Raiders are banking on Jones-Drew rebounding as the dependable, proven rusher he’s been through much of his career. At age 29, he should have plenty of mileage left, especially as a complementary back.
With the Silver & Black
In 2014, Jones-Drew finished with 43 carries and 96 rushing yards in 12 games played for the Raiders. He also recorded 11 catches for 71 receiving yards.
Hanging up the cleats
On March 5 2015, Jones-Drew announced his retirement from professional on via a Twitter account. He finishes with 1,847 carries for 8,167 yards and 68 rushing touchdowns. He also had 346 receptions for 2,944 yards and 11 TDs in the passing game.