Originally written June 26, 2012 on Down and Distance:
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While Maurice Jones-Drew waits on receiving a new, possible record running back, contract from the Jacksonville Jaguars, he is thinking about a different type of record. Jones-Drew thinks that the all-time rushing record set my Emmitt Smith is “doable”. While talking to 102.3 The Ticket in Denver Jones-Drew said, “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.” Jones-Drew is 11,502 rushing yards away from tying the all-time record set by Smith in 2002. He is currently 55th on the all-time rushing list with 6,854 yards. He is currently seeking a new contract from the Jaguars and if he plans on sitting out for a new contract, he will miss precious time he could spend trying to break the record.   While in Denver Jones-Drew also talked about the contract situation, “It’s the business side of football,” Jones-Drew said.  “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.”
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