As you might have heard, Maurice Jones-Drew would like to replace his existing contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Perhaps the Jaguars would rethink their stance if they knew they were playing hardball with a man who one day could be the rushing king.
Jones-Drew was asked Tuesday if he believed he could catch Emmitt Smith for the NFL's all-time rushing record.
"Yeah, I think it's doable," Jones-Drew told KDSP-FM in Denver (via SportsRadioInterviews.com). "I definitely think it's doable."
After that, Jones-Drew set about explaining why he'd probably need a great deal of help to achieve the feat.
"Once again, Emmitt Smith was in a different situation than a lot of us, though," he said. "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.
(Jerry Jones waves his hand frantically ...)
"Don't get me wrong: he was the reason they won, but he had a lot of guys around him as well."
Basic math tells us Jones-Drew has a considerable challenge ahead of him. After winning the NFL rushing title last season, Pocket Hercules now has accumulated 6,854 rushing yards across six seasons. Through Smith's first six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, he piled up 8,956 yards. Smith finished his Hall of Fame career with 18,355 yards, leaving Jones-Drew 11,501 yards in the hole.