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UCLA names Maurice Jones-Drew to Hall of Fame

May 18 (UPI) — Former star running back Maurice Jones-Drew was named to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

The Jacksonville Jaguars icon was announced as part of the class Wednesday. Jones-Drew, 32, was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro once during his nine-year NFL career. He played the first eight seasons of his professional tenure for the Jaguars and ended his career with the Oakland Raiders. Jones-Drew led the NFL with 1,606 rushing yards in 2011.

He was the No. 60 pick overall in the 2006 NFL Draft after a sensational career for the Bruins.

Jones-Drew retired following the 2014 season. He left the game with 8,167 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns on the ground. He also had 346 receptions for 2,944 yards and 11 scores. Jones-Drew scored twice on kick returns. He owns Jaguars franchise records for career touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, consecutive games with a rushing touchdown (eight), longest run from scrimmage, career receptions by a running back, career receiving yards by a running back, career kick return yardage and career kick return average.

The All-American crushed the Pac-10 in three seasons with the Bruins, rushing for 2,503 yards and 26 scores. He set school records with 3,322 yards from scrimmage and 33 total touchdowns. His 28.5 yards per punt return is still an NCAA record.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the UCLA Hall of Fame class that includes so many great athletes,” Jones-Drew said in a statement from the Jaguars. “UCLA provided me with a great experience, both athletically and academically, and I had the chance to work with coaches, teammates, and classmates that have had a huge impact on my success in the NFL and post-NFL career. I look forward to being back on UCLA’s campus in October to accept this huge honor.”

The Hall of Fame class also includes basketball player Toby Bailey, women’s water polo star Robin Beauregard, track and field star Monique Henderson, track and field coach Bob Larsen, gymnast Kristen Maloney, men’s volleyball player Brandon Taliaferro, softball player Gina Vecchione and Bobby Field, for his service to the athletic department.

Jones-Drew and his fellow UCLA stars will be inducted on Oct. 20. The group will also be honored on Oct. 21 at halftime of the Bruins’ football game against Oregon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Jones-Drew currently works for the NFL Network and is a radio broadcaster for the Los Angeles Rams.

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