Jones-Drew: Half the guys drafted ahead of me work at Target now

AP

Maurice Jones-Drew lasted until the Jaguars picked him late in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft. He hasn’t forgotten.

And so when Jones-Drew talks about that draft, he likes to point out that a whole lot of the players drafted ahead of him didn’t last in the NFL.

“Half the guys drafted in front of me are working at Target right now,” Jones-Drew said, via Mark Long of the Associated Press.

It’s a slight exaggeration to say “half” of the 59 players drafted ahead of Jones-Drew are working at Target (I think a few of them are working at McDonald’s), but there certainly were a lot of high-profile picks who didn’t turn out in 2006. Vince Young and Matt Leinart, the two Top 10 quarterbacks that year, are both currently out of work. And of the five running backs drafted ahead of Jones-Drew, three — Laurence Maroney, Joseph Addai and LenDale White — are already out of the league.

Jones-Drew turned out to be one of the best players in the draft. As he sat there in 2006 hearing 59 names called ahead of his, he was thinking those players weren’t as good as him, and now he can boast that he was right.

110 responses to “Jones-Drew: Half the guys drafted ahead of me work at Target now

  1. Good for him and everything, but he needs to get over it and enjoy his millions. He won’t stop talking about how he got drafted in the second round.

    It was cute the first time that I heard he wears the number 32 because “32 teams passed on me in the draft,” but he won’t stop making it a central issue.

    Congrats, but we get it.

  2. Addai may be out the league , but he do have a SB ring . Plus he got a chance to play with one of the greats. Jones Drew have 3 years top , so he better figure out a way to get out of Jacksonville.

  3. Lol

    I ain’t mad at you MJD!! De LA Salle Reppn baby!!

    And if you don’t know De La Salle then check stats. The best High School Football team in Cali for over a decade. One of the nations best H.S. football teams year in & year out. Also the nations longest winning streak for ANY H.S. Football team nationally!!

  4. Why is this worthless piece of ish insulting people hat work at Target?

    In this economy there are people with Masters Degrees that would love to be hired for even a job at Target.

    If this idiot didn’t play football he’d be one of them.

  5. Are you saying the 2006 draft sucked, or do you owe his Mom money? Because, unless you live in Jax, if someone says name the best NFL RB’s his name doesn’t come up!

  6. Lets start worrying a little more about staying healthy and getting back on the field and not on what Leinart and Lendale White are doing.

  7. The Tita s would surely have been better off if bud Adams hadn’t forced VY on Fisher. Or taken MJD over Lendale White. But y’know, I’ve moved on. He should do the same. I mean he was drafted by a 1st class organization.

  8. MJD, you’ve had a great career, but you’re done and should be looking for openings at Target as well.

  9. Maybe 1-2 yrs left for him before he’s gone… Then he’s off to the land of obscurity…

  10. It’s always classy to tear someone down in order to build yourself up. Couldn’t have just said your career has been pretty good relative to your draft position there champ?

  11. The last time I checked….MJD hasn’t done squat since 2011 and is injury prone. He should be careful with his words cuz it could be him that is out of work soon. If he doesn’t play we’ll this year the door will be open. I don’t see him in the HOF like some with only 3 years of breaking 1000 yards.

    Sorry not a big fan of his ignorant comment. There are good people that work at target etc.

  12. There’s dignity in all work. If you want to take a swipe at someone, take one at those intentionally living off the system, or worse – those taking advantage of all the working people.

  13. In this economy, there are plenty of people who would love to work at target, I would imagine. I understand his point , but wish he wouldv chosen better words. And no I don’t work for Target, but im just saying….

  14. If MJD doesn’t doesn’t stay off the PUP list, he might need a personal reference from one of those former players working at Target.

  15. It would be nice to know the context of these statements. If he’s saying that he’s grateful or happy to be in the NFL, performing at a high level and making big $$$ then, MJD sounds fine. However, if he’s gloating or whining that he should’ve gone higher or to a better team then he should just shut up. Joe Montana should’ve gone higher. Tom Brady should’ve gone higher. Ask every player not picked number one overall and they will say the same thing. How about focusing on staying healthy and helping your woeful team win some football games?

  16. I predict that by noon he will be pressured to take to twitter with an apology to Target workers everywhere. C’mon MJD…some of those people buy your jerseys and/or tickets to your games. (tongue now removed from cheek)

  17. So what!!! Tom Brady had to hear 198 names before hearing his name, and he’s better than you. Wes Welker didn’t hear his name called at all, and it can be argued that he’s better than you. You should hit your knees that you were a 2nd round pick, which pretty much guaranteed you made the team. Sorry, but I’m not into this having a chip on your shoulder mentality 7 years after you were drafted. The YEAR you were drafted? OK. I get that. But to take a shot at players drafted ahead of you 7 years ago? That’s pretty low. Get over it.

  18. Guilty as charged. My Titans took Vince Young and LenDale White (yes, LenDale White) before MJD was drafted. Worse than that, a year earlier, they drafted Pac-Man Jones instead of Aaron Rodgers.

  19. And those guys are still probably better citizens….you know, with not beating people up outside of clubs and all.

    Stop the chip on your shoulder nonsense….do you hear Tom Brady crying about the 276 guys picked ahead of him working at Target?

  20. I live in Jacksonville and am a die hard season ticket holder. Having said that, MJD is a bitter little man, while in the process of taking an unnecessary cheap shot at several hard working middle class Americans implying that working at Target is wrong, still refuses to let this thing go.

    He has never stepped up in a game that had any meaning to it, held out and then was hurt most of the year, and got off easy after sucker punching a guy in the face, yet all he can think about is getting overlooked in the draft.

    This man is all class. All class.

  21. If our first-rounders would have been as good as our second-rounders over that several year stretch, we could have had a great team instead of a bottom third club. And MJD is stud! Let’s go Jags!

  22. “suprinelolskins says:
    Aug 1, 2013 6:08 AM
    Sounds better than the Jags”

    Since the Jaguars became a team in 1995, the Redskins have two playoff wins. Slow your roll bud.

  23. Hey don’t knock it, Target has a pretty good team.

    Unfortunately every draft has a set of first and second rounders who just don’t make it. Eddy Lacy could be in the mix someday. The guy thus far is underwhelming.

    If Mcarthy thinks he is in shape, then the Packers are in the trouble I figured them for. 6-10.

  24. Let me think for a minute … Which is the better employer? Target Corporation or the Jacksonville Jaguars? I think I have to say that the ex-players working at Target are on the better team.

  25. Of course, he realizes his own team passed on him in the draft. He still must be bitter because he’s the best player on the worse franchise in the NFL.

  26. You would figure it’d be in MJD’s best interest to worry about staying healthy and playing well in the twilight of his career vs. where he was drafted 8 seasons ago.

  27. Reggie Bush, Deangelo Williams, Leon Washington, MJD are the only runningbacks left from that draft.

    it really is amazing how little time this position is given in the NFL.

    So can we really blame guys like MJD or Deangelo for getting big contracts?

  28. MJD-there are a lot of players drafted late who have better careers than those drafted in front of them, you’re swipe at them makes little sense.

    The draft is based on draft position and needs…how many RB’s were drafted ahead of you? Better yet take a look at those who go undrafted and have better careers than those drafted ahead of them, personally there are only a few sure thing draft picks the rest is a crap shoot. Look how many LB’s drafted based on the school, and media coverage who didn’t/don’t pan out 2 that come to mind are the Boz and Aaron Maybin both highly touted and didn’t amount to or do squat in the NFL, then you take a guy who went undrafted and is going into his 17th year in London Fletcher….

  29. Nothing wrong with working at target. Gotta do what you gotta do to take care of yourself and your family. Play a full season before you run your mouth

  30. Always nice to see guys who have been gifted with incredible talent and with an amazing opportunity to make millions of dollars playing a game, use the common man to disparage fellow athletes. Grow up, man.

  31. I normally don’t comment on stories that don’t involve my beloved Packers, but Mr. Jones-Drew, people who work at Target are the reason why you get to do what you do. So, shut up and show some respect.

  32. Vince Young was recently released from Target after repeatedly asking Becky on register 9 for a loan.

  33. The reason he dropped so far is because he and some other jocks beat the tar out of some kid after hazing him for studying on a Saturday night.

    His behavior was amazingly immature and shameful. It wasn’t a lack of talent that put 59 guys ahead of him.

    Remember that?

    The Jags took a chance on a dude with serious character concerns and it paid off. He knows he lost a bunch of money and respect because he was a jackhole so he cleaned up and kept his name out of the papers.

    So next time folks hurf and blurf about character issues in rookies, remember MJD. People can come back from really stupid decisions and change for the better.

  34. This guy is bitter, that joe Addai will always have more Super Bowl rings than him. this dude talks a lot has never won anything in College an pro. He would always get waxed by Usc in college an the colts in the pros. I think he hates the jaguars an his situation in football personally.

  35. Ironically, most of those guys working at Target will probably have more money than MJD ten years from now.

  36. If you don’t like what the bitter midget says, he’ll just assault you and keep yapping. He will wish he was working at Target when he goes to jail after his decent career and no HoF. Classless individual.

  37. The sad part is he’s probably right. Just a few years after having a job paying minimum in the hundreds of thousands per year (and just a few more years removed from a free college education) most of these guys are probably getting paid by the hour. No degrees, no prospects of a career outside football. I hope MJD takes care of his money or he’ll be just like those guys in a few years.

  38. This is why draft grades are meaningless the day after a draft. The top 3 picks are no longer with the team that drafted them. Bush in on his 3rd.
    Not saying this defines them as busts, but you do want your top 5 pick to be someone who you want with you for a decade, and you are willing to find a way to make it happen.

    And of course who proclaimed that Jones-Drew should have been taken ahead of those other 5 RB’s?

    Can it be said that MJD should have been the #1 pick that year? With what we know now.
    Getting MJD at pick 60 should have had everyone grading their draft that year as A+.
    I’ll bet it was not.

    Yet come next April, everyone will go back to defining each teams draft 5 hours after it ends.

  39. Sorry MJD. You’re with an organization that’s going absolutely nowhere!!!!Maybe Target can use some of your teammates!!

  40. @shackdelrio:

    Not a skins fan but at least their franchise has won multiple SB rings. The Jags are more likely having those pizza parties where everyone gets a trophy.

  41. Unlike the Jaguars, any given Target store is able to have enough loyal, happy customers to remain a viable business. When have you known of a Target threatening to move to Los Angeles or London because the people in the neighborhood think they suck and don’t want to waste their Sundays spending money there?

  42. @ commonsensedude –

    The Jags have NEVER threatened or even mentioned moving to L.A. or London!! Only idiot sportswriters & no-nothing tools like yourself who believe what the idiot sportswriters say have said they are moving. Over the past 2 years, Shad Khan has poured $30 million of HIS OWN MONEY for renovations into a city-owned stadium!! Sound like somebody threatening to move the team?

  43. Well that is a pretty rude thing to say, bet a bunch of those guys have Super Bowl rings, I think Addai has what, 1,000,000 times the Super Bowl rings that MJD has and about 100 more w’s.

  44. why are people sticking up for Joesph Addai? I’m sure if he had the choice between that SB ring and an extra $30+mil, he’d rather have the money, lol.

  45. robigd says:
    Aug 1, 2013 8:59 AM
    I live in Jacksonville and am a die hard season ticket holder. Having said that, MJD is a bitter little man, while in the process of taking an unnecessary cheap shot at several hard working middle class Americans implying that working at Target is wrong, still refuses to let this thing go.

    He has never stepped up in a game that had any meaning to it,

    ————————

    Yeah, he’s never stepped up. Like that playoff game against the Steelers when he had a 90 yard kick return and 2 TDs, lmao.

  46. The only people from target that MJD is making fun of are those target workers who were drafted in the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2006 draft(meaning hardly anyone). And those that are now working low paying jobs should be made fun of for working there when they’ve squandered such great opportunities.

    Vince Young, he got paid 10s of millions of dollars before his 1st game, didn’t manage his money well, and is probably broke now and is out of the league. It’s completely obvious that is what MJD is talking about. It had nothing to do with Target in particular, just low paying jobs in general. None of you would have got your panties in a twist if he just replaced Target with McDonald’s.

  47. Target has excellent prices and a great selection. Their menswear section has improved tremendously in the last few years. It is also great that they sell groceries there. I really enjoy my Target experience.

  48. huthuthut says:
    Aug 1, 2013 10:54 AM
    The reason he dropped so far is because he and some other jocks beat the tar out of some kid after hazing him for studying on a Saturday night.

    His behavior was amazingly immature and shameful. It wasn’t a lack of talent that put 59 guys ahead of him.

    Remember that?

    The Jags took a chance on a dude with serious character concerns and it paid off. He knows he lost a bunch of money and respect because he was a jackhole so he cleaned up and kept his name out of the papers.

    So next time folks hurf and blurf about character issues in rookies, remember MJD. People can come back from really stupid decisions and change for the better.

    ——————————-

    MJD didn’t assault anyone before the draft. The only thing MJD did was go to a Denny’s while being black and having dreads.

    they thought he was involved because he was there earlier and “fit the description”. But he was cleared within a day because surveillance video proved he left before anything happened.

    It’s pretty classless to pretend MJD committed a felony when he definitely wasn’t involved in that altercation.

  49. Good for you MJD. You’re a bitter player on one of the worst teams in the league.
    Sounds like you are really enjoying life.

  50. If you work at Target and are offended at his comments i have some advice.. Find a way to get a better job. We all have a responsibility to ourselves to make the most out of our lives and the only person responsible for you having a low paying job is yourself. Quit blaming athletes for making a comment about the obvious when you put yourself in the position you are in.

  51. bluntsmokinskinsfan says:
    Aug 1, 2013 10:05 AM
    Nothing wrong with working at target. Gotta do what you gotta do to take care of yourself and your family. Play a full season before you run your mouth

    ——————–

    He only said there’s something wrong with working at target if you were picked in the 1st or 2nd round, and squandered your money and opportunities. Your the same type of person that will make fun of Vince Young for doing that.

    MJD has played a full season 4 out of 7 seasons, and in 07 he only missed a game because Del Rio sat most of the offensive players in the final regular season game ahead of the playoffs. He only missed 2 games due to injury his 1st 6 seasons.

    MJD is an All-Pro, 3 time pro bowler, has an NFL rushing title, but you think he doesn’t have the right to “run his mouth”. Well I’m glad you got your input, even though you don’t think MJD is worthy of the same thing.

  52. dexterismyhero says:
    Aug 1, 2013 8:24 AM
    Addai and Maroney were good hard runners. They got injured. No big deal.

    You didn’t hear them pissing and moaning.

    Shut up and play.

    —————————–

    Addai and Maroney were soft crappy runners. What have you been watching the past 7 years?

    MJD isn’t pissing or moaning, although you seem to be. MJD is just joking about other NFL players who aren’t as good as him that were drafted ahead of him. Nothing wrong with that.

    Unless you’re an NFL owner or a HC, you telling an NFL player to shut up and play belongs in fantasy land.


  53. gojags436 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:13 PM

    @ commonsensedude –

    The Jags have NEVER threatened or even mentioned moving to L.A. or London!! Only idiot sportswriters & no-nothing tools like yourself who believe what the idiot sportswriters say have said they are moving. Over the past 2 years, Shad Khan has poured $30 million of HIS OWN MONEY for renovations into a city-owned stadium!! Sound like somebody threatening to move the team?

    I didn’t mean anything personal, Mr. Khan. By the way, I am a big fan of your soccer club in London.

  54. It was offensive obviously (to many)… So you could technically call it bullying. He was belittling (no pun intended) anyone that works at Target. He thought he was being “cool”… Looking at how he brought attention to himself last year (with that tremendously ill advised holdout, followed up with getting injured for the season), he had to come up with this years ill advised statement. I wonder who advises this guy…

  55. MJD I happen to like Target, so when your NFL career is over and you piss through what is left of your money, I am sure you will be bagging my purchases at Target.

  56. It’s good that he noticed that NFL career’s are often very short, regardless of where one is drafted going in. The fact is even at league minimum for a few years an NFL player will earn more than the average Target (or other retail) employee can expect in a lifetime career. He might also notice that only players that adapt a lifestyle unsustainable after their income drops end up needing to work.

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