Maurice Christopher Jones-Drew (born March 23, 1985) is a former
American football running back who played in the National Football
League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football at UCLA and
Jones-Drew was selected by the
Jacksonville Jaguars in the second
round of the 2006 NFL Draft, 60th overall, was named to the Pro Bowl
three times, and led the NFL in rushing yards in 2011. He played his
first eight seasons with the Jaguars, through 2013. In his final
season in 2014, he played for the Oakland Raiders.
Following his retirement, Jones-Drew entered broadcasting, serving as
a football color analyst for NFL Now and other shows on NFL
Network. He is currently the color analyst for the Los Angeles
1 Early years
2 College career
3 Professional career
3.1 2006 NFL Draft
3.2 2006 NFL Combine
3.3 Jacksonville Jaguars
3.3.1 2006 season
3.3.2 2007 season
3.3.3 2008 season
3.3.4 2009 season
3.3.5 2010 season
3.3.6 2011 season
3.3.7 2012 season
3.3.8 2013 season
3.4 Oakland Raiders
3.4.1 2014 season
3.5 Jaguars franchise records
3.6 NFL career statistics
4 Outside of football
5 Personal life
7 External links
Born in Oakland, California, Jones-Drew's name at birth was Maurice
Christopher Drew. He was raised in Antioch and graduated from De La
Salle High School in Concord.
De La Salle owns the longest winning streak in high school football
history at 151 games. The Spartan football teams that Jones-Drew
played on never lost a single game during his 3-year varsity career.
He was an elusive, high-scoring running back and return specialist on
offense and a punishing linebacker on defense. He also played four
official college games as a cornerback. Jones-Drew somersaulted into
the national consciousness as a high school junior in 2001 when he
scored all four of De La Salle's touchdowns in a 29-15 nationally
televised victory over
Long Beach Poly
Long Beach Poly on October 6. It was the first
game that ever matched up the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 ranked high
school football teams. On the Spartans' opening drive, Jones-Drew
received a short pass in the right flat on third-and-eight from the
Poly 25-yard line. He broke a tackle and then sprinted down the right
sideline before launching a spectacular forward somersault into the
end zone. Drew next scored on a 29-yard reception on fourth down in
which he ran a circle route out of the backfield down the left
sideline and hauled in an over-the-shoulder touch pass at the goal
line from quarterback Matt Gutierrez. Drew’s third touchdown came in
the second quarter when he burst through the line, shook off two
tacklers, before hitting paydirt 17 yards later. Drew’s final score
salted away the historic De La Salle victory. It was a similar effort
to his third touchdown and came on a 22-yard run with just under 7
minutes remaining. Drew finished with nine carries for 86 yards and
three catches for another 79 yards.
During his junior season, Jones-Drew rushed for nearly 2,000 yards,
averaged nearly 12 yards per carry, and scored 26 touchdowns. He was
rated as a four-star recruit and ranked as the No. 1 all-purpose back
in the nation in 2003 by Rivals.com. He is pictured outrunning a slew
of defenders on the cover of the book When the Game Stands Tall, which
chronicles the De La Salle Spartans' all-time-record 151-game winning
Jones-Drew also ran track for the De La Salle track team and was a
member of the Spartans'
4 x 100 metres relay
4 x 100 metres relay state champion team, with
a time of 42.20 seconds. At the age of 16, he posted a personal best
time of 10.80 seconds in the 100 meters. He also ran for the Bruins'
track team at UCLA.
Jones-Drew accepted a football scholarship to University of
California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he played for the Bruins under
Karl Dorrell from 2003 to 2005. Despite being undersized,
Jones-Drew led the Bruins in rushing all three years he was on the
squad and showed good pass catching ability and big playmaking skills
as both a punt and kickoff returner. He was the fifth player in Bruins
history to lead the team in rushing in three seasons.
In 2005, Jones-Drew set an all-time NCAA single-season record with a
28.5 yards per return average on 15 punt returns, breaking the
previous record of 25.9 yards per return held by Bill Blackstock of
Tennessee in 1951. His career average of 23.2 yards per punt return
ranks second in NCAA history. Jones-Drew also established a number of
UCLA records, including the career all-purpose yardage record (4,688
yards). As a sophomore against Washington, Jones-Drew set UCLA's
all-time record for yards rushing in a single game (322 yards) and
also scored a school-record five touchdowns.
On his first carry of the game, he burst to the outside and raced 47
yards to tie the game at 7–7. On his second carry, with UCLA
trailing 24-7 and 2:30 remaining in the first quarter, he raced 62
yards for another touchdown. On his fourth carry, a third-and-12 with
40 seconds left in the first quarter, he sped 58 yards for his third
touchdown. In the first quarter alone, he rushed for 169 yards and
three touchdowns on four attempts. He gave the Bruins the lead for
good (27–24) with 4:16 remaining in the first half when he scooted
around right end for a 15-yard touchdown. In the third quarter, he
broke numerous tackles en route to his school-record fifth touchdown,
a 37-yard run on the Bruins' first possession of the half. His total
of 322 yards rushing was the 3rd most in the history of the Pac-10
Conference, and his overall performance earned him several National
Player of the Week awards.
His final year in college, his junior year, he was a first-team
All-Pac-10 selection as a punt returner, and was recognized as a
All-American as an all-purpose back and kick
returner. He was also the first Bruin since
Jackie Robinson to lead
the country in punt returning. Additionally, Jones-Drew was named
second-team All-Pac 10 as a running back. Jones-Drew gave a sign of
things to come when, as a freshman, he rushed for 176 yards on only 18
carries against Arizona State, including an 83-yard scamper down the
left sideline to the end zone which put UCLA ahead in the game for
good in the third quarter. The run was the longest ever by a Bruin
true freshman and ranked ninth (tied) overall on the school's list of
long runs. His 176-yard day ranks No. 2 on UCLA's all-time list for
true freshmen. Jones-Drew led the Bruins in rushing that season,
becoming the first true freshman to lead the Bruins in rushing since
DeShaun Foster in 1998. He was also named first-team All-Pac 10 as
a kick returner by The Sporting News. In his collegiate career,
Jones-Drew had 16 touchdowns of 40-plus yards.
Yards Per Carry
2006 NFL Draft
Jones-Drew, age 21, was selected in the second round of the 2006 NFL
Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, 60th overall, to eventually replace
veteran running back Fred Taylor. He was passed on by all 32 teams in
the draft, most citing his height (5 ft 6¾ in, 169.5 cm) as
the reason why he would not succeed in the NFL. He stated on Sirius XM
NFL Radio and the Dave Dameshek Football Program that is the reason
why he chose the number 32.
2006 NFL Combine
5 ft 6 3⁄4 in
9 ft 8 in
All values from NFL Combine
In the beginning, he was used mostly for kick-off returns, but he
eventually became the Jaguars' primary third-down running back, behind
Taylor. After a relatively slow start, Jones-Drew suddenly exploded.
Against the Colts on December 10, Jones-Drew set a franchise record
with 166 rushing yards and 303 all-purpose yards, which included a
93-yard kickoff return for touchdown. He already had broken Jaguars
team records by scoring at least one rushing touchdown in eight
consecutive games (the previous record was four straight games) and by
gaining 2,250 all-purpose yards.
Jones-Drew finished third in the NFL in both kickoff returns (27.7 yd
avg) and touchdowns scored (16). He was also one of only two players
in the NFL to score at least one touchdown rushing, receiving, and
returning kicks (
Reggie Bush was the other). Jones-Drew also led all
AFC running backs in scrimmage yards per touch. Narrowly missing 1,000
yards for the season, his rushing average of 5.7 yds per carry was
first in the NFL for backs with 100 attempts and was the highest for
an NFL running back since
Barry Sanders averaged 6.1 yards per rush in
1997. In addition, he had the third-most all-purpose yards of any
rookie in history. He was nominated five different times for NFL
Rookie of the Week in 2006. One NFL scout said, "Jones-Drew should be
rookie of the year. He's got the biggest legs for a shorter guy and
way more power than anybody gives him credit for. And he's got
outstanding speed. He's just a little dynamo."
He finished tied for second in the balloting for Offensive Rookie of
the Year, awarded to quarterback
Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans.
Jones-Drew in 2007
In his second season in the NFL, Jones-Drew had already proven to be
one of the most versatile running backs in the league. At the
beginning of the 2007 season, Jones-Drew was considered arguably the
best running back from the Class of 2006. Expectations were high,
and although the preseason had its ups and downs, such as a dropped
Byron Leftwich in a 21–13 win against Green Bay, a high
was provided by the 38-yard catch and run from Leftwich in a win
against Tampa Bay. Overall, Jones-Drew averaged 4.6 yards per carry in
In his 2007 season debut, Jones-Drew's production was just average.
During a 10-7 win against the Titans, Jones-Drew had 32 yards on seven
carries in a game that produced just 48 rushing yards between
Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor combined. Jones-Drew's fumble at the 8-yard
line in the 4th quarter was the last scoring opportunity for the
Jaguars in that game. Promises that the running game would get
better as the season progressed were realized when Jones-Drew
celebrated his first touchdown of the year after the fourth game of
the season, in a 17-7 win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The following week against the Houston Texans, Jones-Drew recorded his
first 100-yard rushing game of the season, rushing for 125 and 2
touchdowns on 12 carries. He also recorded 4 catches for 59 yards. In
week 7 he scored the Jaguars only points in a Monday Night loss
against the Indianapolis Colts. In week 10 he reached the 100-yard
mark for the second and final time in the season, rushing for 101
yards and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans. He would score a
touchdown in each of the following three weeks.
Although his role as a running back was diminished during the 2007
postseason, he still managed to impact the game with his capabilities
as a receiver and a return man. In the Wildcard game against
Pittsburgh he totaled 198 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. His
first touchdown was a 43-yard pass from David Garrard, his second was
a 10-yard run which put the Jaguars up 28-10 in the third quarter. He
also returned a kick-off 96 yards to set up the Jaguars' first score
of the night, a Fred Taylor 1-yard run. He was named co-MVP of the
game together with QB David Garrard. A week later against New England,
he rushed for just 19 yards on 6 attempts as the Jaguars lost 31–20.
He did manage to catch 6 passes for an additional 49 yards.
Three Jaguars offensive linemen were injured by week one of the 2008
season and Jones-Drew was not as explosive as he was in 2007. His
first 100-yard rushing game of the season came against the
Indianapolis, where the Jaguars won by a score of 23-21 on a last
second field goal by kicker Josh Scobee. Teammate Fred Taylor also
compiled over 100 yards in the game. Another good performance came in
week 10 against the struggling Detroit Lions, where Jones-Drew posted
three touchdowns, all in the first half. On
Thursday Night Football in
week 16, Jones-Drew was given the opportunity to carry the load with
Fred Taylor on injured reserve. The ball was handed to Jones-Drew 20
times and with that he gained 91 yards for a 4.6 yards per carry
average. He also caught the ball 7 times for 71 yards.
In the 2008 season, Jones-Drew gained 824 yards on 197 attempts,
posting a 4.2 yard per carry average. He also gained 12 touchdowns on
the ground. Jones-Drew was used more in the passing game than his
previous seasons and he managed 525 yards on 62 receptions.
Jones-Drew had a record-breaking season in 2009 for the Jaguars. In a
13-30 loss in Tennessee during Week 8, Jones-Drew rushed for 177 yards
and two touchdowns on only 8 carries, one for 80 yards and another for
79 yards. This performance tied Hall of Famer Barry Sanders' record of
rushing for two touchdowns in a single game of 75 yards or more, which
was set by Sanders in a Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
in 1997. Jones-Drew became the third player to share the record, as
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore, also tied Sanders' record
in a Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks during the same season.
At season's end Jones-Drew compiled some nice statistics. He rushed
for 1,391 yards on 312 attempts for a 4.5 per carry average and 15
TD's. He was also one of the big components in the Jaguars passing
attack, as he had 53 receptions for 374 yards and a touchdown. In a
recent article by Thomas George, Jones-Drew had been recognized as the
most versatile offensive player in the NFL.
Jones-Drew was selected as a backup in the
Pro Bowl behind Chris
Johnson. During the game, he rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown on 5
Jones-Drew played the entire 2010 season with a torn meniscus in his
left knee. He became aware of the extent of the injury in training
camp, but tried to keep it a secret to prevent opponents from
intentionally taking shots at his knee. After the 2010 season, he
was named Running Back of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association.
Although the Jaguars did not make the playoffs, Jones-Drew drew
attention in the postseason with comments he made questioning the
severity of an in-game injury to Jay Cutler in the NFC Championship
Game. Jones-Drew stated that he was also rooting for the
Bears, but his injury prompted him to say: "All I'm saying is that he
can finish the game on a hurt knee ... I played the whole season on
one", as well as comparing Cutler to former
University of Florida
University of Florida head
coach Urban Meyer.
Jones-Drew in 2011
On December 12, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones-Drew had 85
rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, six receptions, 51 receiving
yards, and two receiving touchdowns in the 41–14 victory. He
scored 24 total points in the game, which was the most by any player
in a single game in the 2011 season. He led the NFL in rushing
yards during the 2011 season, and broke the Jaguars franchise records
for both rushing yards in a season (1,606) and yards from scrimmage
(1,980). Jones-Drew did all of this despite the Jaguars'
offensive struggles, accounting for 47.7% of the Jaguars yards.
Jones-Drew was named to the 2012 NFL
Pro Bowl as a back-up for
Baltimore Ravens running back
Ray Rice as a result of his spectacular
season. He was also ranked 12th on the NFL Network's top 100
players list in 2012.
Jones-Drew began the 2012 season by not attending organized team
activities or training camp in hopes of signing a new contract with
the Jaguars. Jones-Drew had two years remaining on a deal he signed in
2009, according to which his average salary was lower than that of
fellow running backs Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, LeSean McCoy,
Arian Foster, Steven Jackson, DeAngelo Williams, and Marshawn Lynch.
There were rumors that he was open to being traded. After missing
his team's entire offseason, Jones-Drew ended his holdout and reported
to the team's facilities on September 2. He was placed on
season-ending injured reserve on December 28, 2012.
In 2013, Jones-Drew finished the season with 5 touchdowns and 803
yards on 234 carries. After eight seasons with the Jacksonville
Jaguars, he became a free agent on March 11, 2014.
On March 28, 2014, Jones-Drew returned to the Bay Area and signed a
three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders. Jones-Drew's first
season in Oakland was plagued by futility, as he recorded only 96
yards rushing on 43 attempts (averaging 2.2 yards-per-carry) and zero
touchdowns. His number of carries would be limited due to the solid
performances of teammates
Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray.
On March 5, 2015, Jones-Drew announced his retirement from the NFL at
age 29. He was the Jaguars' second leading rusher of all time behind
Fred Taylor. On April 28, 2015, he signed a one-day contract to
officially retire as a Jaguar.
Jaguars franchise records
Most career touchdowns (81)
Most career rushing touchdowns (68)
Most rushing touchdowns in a single season (15 in 2009)
Most rushing yards in a single season (1,606 in 2011)
Longest rushing attempt: 80 (tied with Fred Taylor)
Most career kickoff return touchdowns (2)
Most career kickoff return yards (2,054)
Longest kickoff return: 100 yards
NFL career statistics
Statistics taken from ESPN.com and NFL.com
Outside of football
Jones-Drew appeared in a 2007
ESPN commercial as an inductee into the
ESPN Fantasy Hall of Fame.
Jones-Drew appeared in a commercial for the
Madden NFL 09
Madden NFL 09 video
Jones-Drew hosts a two-hour radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio
titled Runnin' With MJD which focuses on fantasy football talk and
In 2011, Jones-Drew appeared as himself along with fellow NFL players
Brent Grimes and
Sidney Rice in an episode of the FX comedy The
In 2013, Jones-Drew joined the list of other tattooed athletes who
have appeared in PETA's "Ink Not Mink" ads, posing shirtless in
support of their anti-fur campaign.
At age 28, Jones-Drew resumed his studies at UCLA in 2013 to complete
his bachelor's degree, and lived in a dormitory.
Born to Sidney Gayles and Andrea Drew, Jones-Drew was raised by his
maternal grandparents, Maurice and Christina Jones. At the height of
his college career in 2005, his grandfather died of a heart attack
while watching him play at the Rose Bowl against Rice University on
September 10. Coach Dorrell broke the news to Drew on the sideline
during the game, and he ran to the locker room and left to go to the
hospital. To honor the man who raised him, he had his entire legal
surname affixed to his jersey, making him "Maurice
Jones-Drew is a father of three with two sons (Maurice II and Madden)
and one daughter (Alayah). He is married to Ashley Jones-Drew
(2012–present) He is also a cousin of Tampa Bay Buccaneers
safety T. J. Ward.
Since retiring from the NFL, Jones-Drew has become a vegan.
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