Maurice Jones-Drew Retires with Jaguars: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2015

USA Today

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew spent eight mostly productive seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and his NFL career ended in the city in which he experienced his greatest success.  

The Jags' official Twitter account shared an image of Jones-Drew, his children and the team's mascot from the retirement ceremony:

#DUUUVAL @Jaguars

MJD, his kids & @JaxsonDeVille! #Drewval http://t.co/tVzWyUdlCB

Jones-Drew spoke about how he played the game and got emotional as he thought about his family, via John Oehser of Jaguars.com:

John Oehser @JohnOehser

Maurice Jones-Drew says no regrets about physical nature of how he played. "The game gave me so much ... I gave a little bit."

John Oehser @JohnOehser

Former Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew choking up a bit at retirement ceremony speaking of wife, family. "I said I wasn't going to cry.".

Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley also discussed Jones-Drew's career, saying, "On the field, I think he played the game the right way. As a matter of fact, I know he did," via Oehser.

The conversation eventually turned to Jones-Drew's future after football. The running back said he's talked to multiple networks about a position and that he's narrowed his choices down to the NFL Network or Fox, via Oehser.

The former UCLA star signed with the Oakland Raiders last offseason, but after rushing for a career-low 96 yards, he decided to call it quits ahead of the 2015 campaign.

ESPN's Bill Williamson shared his reaction to the news:

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Bill Williamson @BWilliamsonNFL

It's the right thing for MJD to retire as a Jag. After all, he is not going to be remembered for those 96 yards he gained for #Raiders

Jones-Drew made the announcement on Twitter in March:

Maurice Jones-Drew @MJD

All good things come to an end!!! http://t.co/zl6EJQ5SAE

Although Jones-Drew's career didn't reach an ideal conclusion on the field, retiring as a member of the Jaguars will put a bow on what was a fantastic run in the NFL.    

MJD defied the odds by becoming an elite running back at just 5'7". He was named to the Pro Bowl on three occasions, and he rushed for more than 1,600 yards (1,606) during the 2011 season.

Jones-Drew leaves the NFL with 8,167 yards and 68 touchdowns on the ground. But most importantly, he will go out as a Jag.

MJD carried the Jacksonville offense for several seasons, and he will be remembered fondly by Jaguars fans for everything he contributed to the franchise.

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