Maurice Jones-Drew, running back, has announced his retirement after playing nine seasons for the NFL. He first broke the news to his fans on Twitter.
The last team Jones-Drew played for was the Oakland Raiders, fresh from eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. During his stint with the Jaguars, he earned three Pro Bowl trips, became NFL rushing leader for 2011, and gained two first-team All-Pro honors.
However, MJD fell behind following the 343 carries. His injury in 2012 forced him to miss 10 games. To make matters worse, he was unable to break tackles, sending him to the benches. He earned just 96 yards on 43 carries.
Throughout his career, MJD earned “8,167 yards on 1,847 carries with 68 rushing touchdowns,” according to the NFL website.
In an emotional declaration of his retirement, he wrote, “After much discussion with my family and business team during this offseason, I’ve decided to retire from the National Football League. The past 9 years were absolutely amazing. I’ll be forever grateful to the countless people who have assisted me throughout my NFL Journey. To my fans, and NFL fans worldwide, you are the absolute greatest. But for you, our league would not exist. Football has been a central part of my life for the past 24 year. But now I’m excited about and looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”
His legacy is best remembered for the early years of his career when he had the ability to churn out yards despite his 5’7″ frame. He was also affectionately called Pocket Hercules.