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Maurice Jones-Drew announces retirement from NFL

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Former Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has announced he is retiring from the NFL.

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Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has announced his retirement from the National Football League. Jones-Drew spent this past season with the Oakland Raiders, heading there after the Jaguars let him leave in free agency, but it was an unproductive season for a running back who had been dealing with injuries.

Jones-Drew was originally drafted by the Jaguars in the second-round of the 2006 NFL Draft and immediately made his presence known in training camp, routinely breaking tackles and making veteran linebackers turn sideways trying to tackle him.

From the moment he started playing the in the preseason, you could tell that Jones-Drew was going to be a playmaker and he fit right along with then veteran running back Fred Taylor.

Jones-Drew ended his Jaguars career with over 8,000 rushing yards and 68 rushing touchdowns, as well as nearly 3,000 receiving yards. He was the second most productive running back in Jaguars history, led the NFL in rushing yards in 2011 on a torn MCL and was a multi-time Pro Bowl player.

Jones-Drew was one of the most loved players by the fans, even while the team was bad, because he always left it all on the field. It's sad to see Jones-Drew go out the way he did, but that's the life of an NFL running back. When it goes, it goes and it's gone.