Superman, MoJo, Pocket Hercules… Maurice Jones Drew has been called a lot of things. It is now time to call him Selfish.
Running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the 27-year old signed a 5-year, $31,000,000 deal in 2009. Now to most people, earning $120,000 each week would seem like a pretty good situation. And for Mojo, it was.
With the Jags struggling to fill the stadium, put together wins and rumours of the team moving to LA or Vegas growing like unwanted nostril hair, the new owner, Shahid Khan – with a breathtaking soup strainer of his own – is doing all he Khan (a thank you…) to breath new life, and money into the organisation.
That’s what bothers me about Mojo’s latest tantrum.
Understand, I appreciate how good a player he is. The past 3 seasons, he has stayed away from injury missing just two of the Jag’s 48 games, whilst rushing for more yards than anyone else in football, bar Chris Johnson.
That is no mean ‘feet’ (pun fully intended).
Armed with two 34″ thighs – Yes. Thirty. Four. Inches. – and a 5’7″ frame, he bundles between tackles and away from linebackers like he stole something. Thanks to his recent demands for a new deal, he may be literally stealing from the Jags.
As one of the top-10 highest paid players in his position, and with only 2 years left on his current deal, there is potential for one more big-number deal before he hangs up his boots.
It bothers me that rather than showing up to training camp, working hard and helping his team, the organisation and the new owner, he is sitting at home bad-mouthing the organisation and holding them ransom for an extra few dollars on his deal.
Understand that you are making $erious cash as it is, you are playing football for a living, you are the best player on your team and you are loved by the Jags fans.
Yes, there are people who you have outperformed that are making more than you. But truth in stats show that yards/carry (what many consider the measure of an effective running back) puts you:
2011: 17th (4.7 yards/carry)
2010: 14th (4.4 yards/carry)
2009: 20th (4.5 yards/carry)
Is being a top-10 highest paid RB that much of a stretch?
Put down the remote, get to the stadium, prove why you are better and get the Jags back to the playoffs.