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Raiders' Maurice Jones-Drew faces his uphill battle head on
Raiders' Maurice Jones-Drew faces his uphill battle head on

The dirt path, narrow and steep, snakes about 500 yards up a severe hillside in Danville, Calif., and beckons Maurice Jones-Drew each week. He and his trainer consider it their Saturday morning exclamation point, the grueling capstone for their week of workouts, their version of the "Rocky" steps. "The first time, I was like, 'If I want to be the best, I've got to get up and run this thing,'" said Jones-Drew, beginning the next chapter of his NFL career, as a running back for the Oakland Raiders. "We ran about 12 of them. That's the work you have to put in." For Jones-Drew, that works. "Maurice is no-frills. He doesn't need...

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