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Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew Thinks Breaking Emmitt Smith's Record Is "Doable"
Maurice Jones-Drew was asked on 102.3 The Ticket in Denver radio via Sportsradiointerviews if he could overtake Emmitt Smith as the all-time rushing leader in the NFL. “Yeah, I think it’s doable. I definitely think it’s doable," Jones-Drew said. "Once again, 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. … Don’t get me wrong: he was the reason they won, but he had a lot of guys around him as well.” If Jones-Drew is going to break the all-time rushing record he needs to play considerably longer. He is currently 11,501 yards behind Smith's record. When asked how long he could play, he said, "“As long as I feel good, I’m gonna play. That’s it. When I start to hurt and the hurting doesn’t stop in February, March, it starts going into July and August, then we’re gonna have problem. But right now I’m feeling great, and all I can do is keep playing and taking it a year at a time.”
It will be decades before that record is broken. The game is eventually going to cycle back around to a run first game, and maybe then a guy comes along and breaks it. But the current NFL is set up for easy success through the air, so if you're running the ball enough to break the all time rushing record you're probably not winning.