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Maurice Jones-Drew announces retirement

After nine seasons in the NFL, Maurice Jones-Drew is hanging up the cleats.

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Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday. In a statement released on Twitter, Jones-Drew said that the past nine years "were absolutely amazing," and that he's "excited about and looking forward to the next chapter of my life."

Jones-Drew was a second-round pick by the Jaguars in the 2006 NFL Draft and was immediately successful in Jacksonville. He didn't break the 1,000-yard mark until the 2009 campaign, but he did manage 941 yards and 13 touchdowns in his rookie season. In that 2006 rookie year, he had a per-carry average of 5.7 yards, and he didn't dip below 4.2 yards per carry until 2013, his final season with the Jaguars.

During that 2013 season, Jones-Drew put up 803 yards and five touchdowns, and the Jaguars elected to let him find another team. Jones-Drew wound up signing with the RB-needy Oakland Raiders, but was never quite healthy in his final season. He didn't crack 100 total rushing yards in 12 games and he didn't score a single touchdown.

His best season was 2011, when he put up a league-leading 1,606 rushing yards. His highest touchdown total came in 2009, when he rushed for 15 touchdowns (and pulled in a receiving score too). Jones-Drew was named to the Pro Bowl three times, from 2009-2011, and was a first-team All-Pro twice and a second-team All-Pro once.

In nine seasons in the NFL, Jones-Drew totaled 8,167 yards and 68 rushing touchdowns, along with 2,944 receiving yards and 11 scores through the air. His 13,298 total yards rank 59th in NFL history.

Gus Bradley, who was the head coach for the final year of Jones-Drew's Jaguars career, released the following statement after the retirement news: