Maurice Christopher Jones-Drew played high school football at De La Salle High School, in Concord California. At national powerhouse, De La Salle High School, MJD played running back on offense, linebacker on defense, and was a return specialist on special teams. The legend of his athleticism hit the mainstream on October 6, 2001. In a nationally televised game against Long Beach Poly, the number two team in the nation (De La Salle was number one), MJD scored all four of his team’s touchdowns, including one on the opening drive which he punctuated with a spectacular somersault into the endzone.
MJD left his mark all over UCLA’s record book in his three years with the program. These school records include: Career all-purpose yards (4,688); single game rushing yards (322); and touchdowns in a game (5).
Maurice did not only set school records, he also broke the NCAA single season record with his 28.5 yards per return average on punt returns, in 2005. His career mark of 25.9 yards per return places him second on the all-time list. In his final year in college, his junior year, MJD was nationally recognized for his outstanding play. He was a consensus first-team All-American as an all-purpose back and a first-team All-Pac 10 selection as a punt returner.
After three standout seasons at UCLA, MJD was selected in the 2nd round (60th overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2006 NFL Draft. Maurice achieved much success and holds many records with the Jaguars, including: Franchise leader in touchdowns (81); franchise leader in rushing touchdowns (68); rushing yards in a single season (1,606); rushing touchdowns in a single season (15); owns three of the top five single-season rushing marks for yards and attempts in team history; owns highest single-season average per rush (5.7, 2006) by a Jaguars RB; and owns three of the top five marks for single-season TDs in team history.
Maurice has been the sole Jaguar in franchise history with at least 1,300 rushing yards in three consecutive seasons; the only player in franchise history with 300-plus rushes in two different seasons (312, 2009; 343, 2011); and the only player in team history to record two career kickoff returns for TDs including the longest return in team history. Maurice was also the first player in Jags franchise history to lead the NFL in rushing yards with a team-record 1,606 yards on 343 carries in 2011. He was the sole vehicle via his performance/production that introduced the Jags to the NFL mainstage.
Along with being recognized by the Jaguars for his stellar performances, Maurice was also recognized by the NFL as a 3x Pro Bowl Selection; 2x First-Team All-Pro Selection; and a Second-Team All-Pro selection in 2009. These accolades following a career that saw Maurice rush for 8,167 yards and 68 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons; lead the Jaguars in rushing in six of his eight seasons with the franchise; and record 26 career 100-yard rushing games and nine games with 200-plus all-purpose yards.
After retiring from the NFL, Maurice signed a long-term deal with SiriusXM Radio and continued as host of “Runnin’ with MJD”. Having fielded multiple offers from ESPN, NFL Network, Fox Sports, and CBS Sports, Maurice joined NFL Network as a television broadcaster and analyst where he can still be seen five days a week. Maurice’s post-NFL endeavors do not stop there. Not only did he create and launch an MJD Fantasy Football Publication, Maurice is also the official “color commentator” for the Los Angeles Rams, where you can hear him every home game. His latest endeavor is a state-of-the-art training facility, Power Endurance, of which Maurice is the owner and operator.