May 21, 2009
In case you haven’t had a chance to check the previous post – and by the way I’m honored so many people were interested and we had almost 100 posts to it — this year’s cover story interview has been revealed: Maurice Jones-Drew.
It’s a pretty safe choice, but I think it’s definitely a great one. The angle, of course, is that this is his first season as “the guy” in Jacksonville. He also went #1 overall in our magazine’s expert league, and it wasn’t me who took him, so I’m not the only one who thinks he’s worth a VERY early pick in drafts this year.
I’ll be getting the interview up some time next week, likely late in the week, but needless to say I was glad I went down to Jacksonville to have the sit-down. I say it all the time when I interview these guys, but MJD was a great guy, a total class act. The best way to describe him is that I’ve never seen a player with a better combination of confidence, even cockiness, and humility.
The interview was the longest one I’ve ever done, too. MJD was really receptive, even though I literally had to interview the dude out of the shower, since we were pressed for time.
So there you go, another year’s cover story mystery is solved. Hope you all enjoy the interview and liked the pick. For the record, Matt Forte was my next choice. I also wanted Aaron Rodgers.