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Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement Thursday afternoon after nine seasons in the NFL.
"After much discussion with my family and business team during this offseason, I've decided to retire from the National Football League," Jones-Drew wrote via Twitter. "The past 9 years were absolutely amazing! I'll be forever grateful to the countless people who have assisted me throughout my NFL journey."
Jones-Drew spent eight seasons in Jacksonville before joining the Raiders in 2014. He finished his career with 1,847 rushing attempts for 8,167 yards and 68 touchdowns, as well as 346 receptions for 2,944 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Bay Area-native was voted to three Pro Bowls (2009-11) and named first-team All-Pro in 2011 after leading the NFL in rushing attempts with 343 and rushing yards with 1,606.
New Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio coached Jones-Drew in Jacksonville. "I have nothing but the utmost respect for Maurice Jones-Drew and wish him the absolutely best," said Coach Del Rio. "He is one of the top individuals, both on and off the field, that I have had the privilege of coaching. He's one of my all-time favorites and I truly love the guy."
Thank you Maurice for all you have done for the NFL on and off the field over the past nine years.