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100 moments in 100 days: Maurice Jones-Drew carried the Jaguars by himself for years

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This year marks the 25th season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To celebrate, we’re counting down 100 days from our regular season kickoff with the top 100 moments in franchise history.

Yesterday it was Fred Taylor dragging Gene Frenette like he was Mike Doss.

Today? Mr. 32 himself — Maurice Jones-Drew.

Pocket Hercules

Jones-Drew, a second-round draft pick in 2006, started 70 of 114 games in eight seasons with the Jaguars and led the team in rushing in six of his eight seasons. He concluded his career in 2014 with the Oakland Raiders, playing in 12 games with one start.

His career totals include 1,847 rushes for 8,167 yards and 68 touchdowns, 346 receptions for 2,944 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jones-Drew was a three-time Pro Bowl selection, earning the honors in three straight years from 2009-11, and is the only player in Jaguars history with at least 1,300 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons.

He also became the first player in franchise history to lead the NFL in rushing as he finished with a team-record 1,606 yards on 343 carries in 2011.

But it was Jones-Drew’s ability to keep this team watchable all by himself that really makes him a special player.

For his final three seasons with the Jaguars, he was the offense. The team managed just 11 wins in a span that saw Blaine Gabbert, Luke McCown, and Chad Henne starting real, live, NFL games.

Mike Thomas was the leading receiver one season with 415 yards.

Laurent Robinson was catching passes.

And yet Jones-Drew continued to carry this team on his shoulders.

Send us your favorite moments and we’ll dig into each one until the Jaguars kick off on September 8th — including whatever video, audio, or stories we can find.

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