Running back Maurice Jones-Drew announced Thursday (March 5) that he has retired from the NFL.
The 29-year-old took to Twitter to reveal the news, writing, “All good things come to an end!!!” accompanied by an image of a longer message.
After much discussion with my family and business team during the offseason, I’ve decided to retire from the National Football League. The past 9 years were absolutely amazing! I’ll be forever grateful to the countless people who have assisted me throughout my NFL journey. 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.
Jones-Drew played eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and signed a three-year, $7.5 million deal with Oakland last year. He began the season as the Raiders’ starter, but broke his hand in Game 1 and wasn’t able to regain his starting job. He rushed for just 96 yards rushing in what was his final NFL season.
He finishes his career with 8,167 rushing yards, the sixth-most rushing yards in the NFL over the past nine seasons.