Maurice Jones-Drew Discusses his Contract Dispute, Says Breaking Emmitt Smith’s Rushing Record is “Definitely Doable”June 26, 2012 – 7:00 am by Brad Gagnon
The NFL’s leading rusher feels he deserves a new contract, but the Jacksonville Jaguars don’t feel much pressure to negotiate with Maurice Jones-Drew, who still has two years remaining on his current deal. Jones-Drew has sat out the entire offseason program in an attempt to protest his current deal.
Maurice Jones-Drew joined CJ & Kreckman on 102.3 ESPN in Denver to discuss his contract situation with the Jaguars, fantasy football, his long-term future in the league and his chances of breaking Emmitt Smith’s career rushing yardage record.
On how fantasy sports makes it easier to play on the road:
“The best thing about fantasy is that when you go to away games, they really don’t root against you anymore. They want their team to win but they want you to do well. So when you do score, there’s not as many boos as there used to be.”
On his contract squabble with the Jaguars:
“It’s the business side of football. And every player is a businessman, and whatever you feel is best for you and your family, you have to do that sometimes. And so, like I said before, hopefully we can work on something and get something done. But I can’t talk about it in the media, because that’s not how I handle my business. I’d rather do it face-to-face, and that’s just what it is. It’s the side that we don’t like about the football game — it’s not Pop Warner anymore, where it’s just show up on Saturday mornings and have a good time. In the offseason, it’s business. So that’s just where we are right now.”
On how long he’ll last in this league:
“As long as I feel good, I’m gonna play. That’s it. When I start to hurt and the hurting doesn’t stop in February, March, it starts going into July and August, then we’re gonna have problem. But right now I’m feeling great, and all I can do is keep playing and taking it a year at a time.”
On if he can break Emmitt Smith’s career rushing yards record:
“Yeah, I think it’s doable. I definitely think it’s doable. Once again, Emmitt Smith was in a different situation than a lot of us, though. I mean, he had a Hall of Fame receiver, Hall of Fame quarterback, Hall of Fame offensive line, Hall of Fame fullback. Whoever put that team together did a heck of a job, and it just showed. … Don’t get me wrong: he was the reason they won, but he had a lot of guys around him as well.”