Maurice Jones-Drew announces retirement from NFL

( – Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-
Drew has announced his retirement from the National Football League.

Jones-Drew spent last season with the Oakland Raiders. He carried the ball
just 43 times for 96 yards in 12 games.

The 29-year-old spent the first eight seasons of his career with Jacksonville,
totaling 1,804 rushing attempts for 8,071 yards and 68 touchdowns from
2006-13. He also had 2,873 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving with the

In a statement he posted on Twitter, Jones-Drew said: “After much discussion
with my family and business team during this off-season, I’ve decided to
retire from the National Football League. The past nine years were absolutely
amazing! I’ll be forever grateful to the countless people who have assisted me
throughout my NFL career. To my fans and NFL fans worldwide, you are the
absolute greatest! But for you, our league would not exist. Football has been
a central part of my life for the past 24 years. But now I’m excited about and
looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”

The three-time Pro Bowler won the NFL rushing title in 2011 with 1,606 rushing
yards. He was drafted by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2006 draft.