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MJD on why he wants to come back: “Losers tend to quit”


It’s easy to wonder why Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew wants to come back for the final two weeks of the season, after missing the last eight games with a foot injury.

But Jones-Drew said Wednesday the thought never crossed his mind.

When things get tough losers tend to quit,” Jones-Drew said, via PaulKuharsky of “For me I get paid to play football, if I can go out there and be productive and help my team, I’m all for it. Win, lose or draw whatever the record is, but I won’t go out there and put people at risk …

“And so today is really to make sure everything is like we thought it was the last couple of weeks and kind of validate some things we seen, and if it’s that way we’ll see how it goes throughout the week.”

Both Jones-Drew and Mike Mularkey talked before he ran on Wednesday, so there’s no indication of how he responded. Mularkey said his leading rusher would be questionable for this week’s game against the Patriots.

After Mularkey’s comments Monday, which could be easily construed as questioning MJD’s willingness to tolerate pain, it’s interesting to see how this plays out.

Jones-Drew has a year left on his contract, but who he’s playing for next year (whether the Jags shop him, or have a new administration) remains very much up in the air. If they were willing to move him, risking a bigger injury in a meaningless game seems counterproductive.

And while it’s a noble sentiment for him to want to return to try to save some face for a 2-12 team, it might not make the most long-term sense for him or them.

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8 Responses to “MJD on why he wants to come back: “Losers tend to quit””
  1. agelardi says: Dec 19, 2012 4:53 PM

    Hope it doesn’t backfire on them by winning the games he’s in and losing the 1st pick to KC.

  2. FinFan68 says: Dec 19, 2012 4:57 PM

    It seems one of those losers quit for the preseason and then nursed an injury for most of the year while his teammates went to work.

  3. matthewcarlson1 says: Dec 19, 2012 5:13 PM

    Percy Harvin needs to learn that lesson.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 19, 2012 5:24 PM

    He is auditioning for one of those West Coast franchises that his agent has been negotiating with for the past year.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 19, 2012 5:26 PM

    At least MoJo can keep a straight face when he utters these “warrior” comments. Most people couldn’t.

  6. cutlertomarshall says: Dec 19, 2012 6:06 PM

    MJD you’re a joke. Calling out other players for their injuries (Cutler) and then you are the one sitting out more time than any other pro bowl caliber player.

    If you were SO good, how come you can’t single handily make the Jags good, like Peterson.

    Numbers are one thing, wins are another.

  7. chesslungo says: Dec 19, 2012 7:05 PM

    I like him when he doesnt talk

  8. frogchief2012 says: Dec 20, 2012 11:30 AM

    MoJo aint working. Khan will get a number of 3rd and 4th rounds draft picks for him. Chargers, Cardinals, Lions, Chiefs, Dolphins and Saints will be looking for somebody they think can come in a beef up their running game. MoJo has only got a few years left in the league so he might as well go get some bucks to do his childish TD dances. Jag’s need offensive linemen. A good line is all you need to make any back look good.

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