JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 11: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars bows after a fourth-quarter touchdown run against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December 11, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Jones-Drew scored four times and the Jaguars won 41 - 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew set two records in the Jaguars 41-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, one personal record and one team record. With the four touchdowns Jones-Drew scored, it set a personal best for the star running back. Not only did he set a personal record with four touchdowns, but he also team a franchise record. Jones-Drew surpassed long-time running back Fred Taylor for the record for touchdowns.
Jones-Drew has now scored 73 touchdowns in his NFL career, which has spanned just 90 games. That means that Jones-Drew scores 0.81 touchdowns per game. In the press conference after the game, Jones-Drew made sure to thank his predecessor, whose record he broke. "He mentored me to be the player I am today," Jones-Drew said about Taylor. "For him to take time out of his career to work with me, it means a lot to me."
"Words can't really explain how excited I am to have a guy who taught me how to play this game the right way, how to take care of my body and do those things. I'm proud of the guys around me as well. They've been blocking their butts off for the last six years that I've been here. They deserve a lot of the credit as well," added Jones-Drew.
In a season that's been marred by disappointment, Jones-Drew has been a shining spot on the offense. He's displayed the never give up attitude that has endeared him so much to Jaguars fans.