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Del Rio shows his true colors

December 12, 2006|From the Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio, an All-American linebacker at USC, wore a blue and gold UCLA basketball jersey to his news conference Monday in tribute, and to pay off a debt, to former Bruin and current Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

Jones-Drew ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns, had a 93-yard kickoff return for a score and finished with 303 all-purpose yards in Jacksonville's 44-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

"The holes to run through were pretty big," said Jones-Drew, who had more all-purpose yards in a game than any rookie aside from Gale Sayers (336 in 1965), Jerry LeVias (329 in 1969) and Tim Brown (306 in 1988).

Del Rio wore a No. 1 Jordan Farmar jersey Monday to settle a bet with Jones-Drew regarding the winner of the UCLA-USC game. UCLA won 13-9.

Del Rio took off the UCLA jersey after a few minutes in front of television cameras, revealing a USC golf shirt.

"I fulfilled my obligation," he said. "I paid my debt, got that settled."

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