Raiders new head coach Jack Del Rio won't get a chance to work with Maurice Jones-Drew again, as the veteran running back announced his retirement Thursday.
Del Rio and Jones-Drew were together in Jacksonville for six seasons from 2006 to 2011.
Then head coach of the Jaguars, Del Rio selected Jones-Drew out of UCLA with the 60th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Jones-Drew would grow into a three-time Pro Bowler.
In 2011, their final year together, Jones-Drew claimed the rushing title by rumbling for 1,606 yards. He was named a first-team All-Pro that season.
"I have nothing but the utmost respect for Maurice Jones-Drew and wish him the absolute best," Del Rio said in a press release Thursday. "He is one of the top individuals, both on and off of the field, that I have had the privilege of coaching. He’s one of my all-time favorites and I truly love the guy."
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