NEW YORK – April 5, 2011 – Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that Maurice Jones-Drew, the Pro Bowl running back for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, has signed on to host a weekly talk show on SiriusXM’s 24-hour NFL talk channel.
Starting tonight, April 5, Jones-Drew and co-host Bryan McGovern will host Late Hits with MJD Tuesdays (8:00-10:00 pm ET) on Sirius NFL Radio, which can be heard nationwide on channel 124 by Sirius subscribers and XM subscribers with the “Best of Sirius” programming package. Jones-Drew will take calls from listeners around the country, interview personalities from around the league, and discuss current NFL affairs, including the work stoppage, the NFL Draft, the Jaguars offseason, and many other topics.
“My SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio show has been such a successful way for me to interact with the fans that I felt doing another show on Sirius NFL Radio is the best avenue for me to discuss a range of current NFL issues,” said Jones-Drew. “On the show we’ll discuss the work stoppage and its effect on the games, talk to players to find out how they are spending their time away from the game, and give fans a place to talk about the NFL Draft and what their teams need to do to prepare for the next season.”
On Sirius NFL Radio, Jones-Drew joins a roster of hosts that features former players and executives including Carl Banks, Gil Brandt, Derrick Brooks, Randy Cross, Dean Dalton, Rich Gannon, Pat Kirwan, John Madden, Jim Miller, Tim Ryan, Ross Tucker and Solomon Wilcots.
Jones-Drew emerged as one of the NFL’s top running backs after a breakthrough season in 2009 during which he produced career numbers that put him in the top five in rushing yards, TDs and all-purpose yards and earned him his first trip to the Pro Bowl. He followed up with another Pro Bowl season in 2010, rushing for more than 1300 yards for the second consecutive season and compiling more than 1600 yards from scrimmage. Jones-Drew was drafted by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of UCLA, where as a running back and kick/punt returner he set a school record with 4668 all-purpose yards. Off the field, Jones-Drew devotes much of his time to supporting charitable functions. In 2009 he was selected by his teammates as Walter Payton Man of the Year for his work in the community.