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The Man who put Andrew Luck in Indianapolis retired today

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You had to figure after an uneventful return home to Oakland in 2014, Maurice Jones-Drew knew his time in the league was running thin. Today, he retired from football after nine seasons. That time certainly seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye.

It’s important to remember Jones-Drew in Indianapolis Colts lore. The day was New Years Day 2012. It was the week 17 game that if the Colts won, they would lose the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, forever changing the future of the franchise. It was for all the marbles – the Andrew Luck selection – and the Colts did everything in their power to screw it up and win.

Jones-Drew had 169 yards on 25 carries that day. Without him, Andrew Luck is never a Colt. Jim Irsay has acknowledged the fact recently himself. The Jaguars won the game 19-13, and it was closer than the score indicates.

There was a three year period where Jones-Drew was the best back in the league (2009 to 2011). Then it was gone seemingly overnight as it so often is with a running back in the NFl. He retires without numbers that will get him into the Hall of Fame: 8,167 career rushing yards, 68 rushing touchdowns, 346 receptions. He had a great NFL career. He played in just two postseason games, coming in 2008; totaling 48 yards on 14 carries in those two games.

But for Colts fans, they should never forget the unspoken favor this guy did for their franchise.

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March 6, 2015 Posted by | Retirements | | Leave a comment