Laurence Maroney is a National Football League running back for the New England Patriots. He was born on February 5, 1985 in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is 5'11" and weighs 220 pounds. He wears the number 39 jersey with the Patriots.
High School Football Career
From 1999 to 2002, Maroney attended Normandy High School, in Saint Louis, Missouri. In his four years playing football he was an all conference selection each year and an all state selection two years. In his senior (2002) season he rushed for 1,948 yards on 210 attempts (9.3 avg) and had 25 touchdowns. Also in his senior year he had 15 sacks while playing on defense.... His overall career statistics in his high school football career were 4,808 yards 608 rushing attempts for 56 touchdowns.
College Football Career
Maroney played college football with the Minnesota Golden Gophers for three season (years 2003 through 2005). He was known as a big and fast running back with breakaway speed. In his freshman season he backed up starting running back Marion Barber and ended up being an essential part of a one-two Minnesota rushing attack with Barber running for 1196 yards and 17 touchdowns and Maroney rushing for 1121 yards and 10 touchdowns. His total of yards in his freshman year was the best total of any freshman running back in the nation. Laurence moved in his sophomore year from backup running back to co started with Marion Barber. He began the 2004 season with six straight games of 100 yards plus rushing yards including one vs the number four defense in college football, Iowa, at the time. Laurence ended 2004 leading the Golden Gophers with 217 rushing attempts for 1348 yards (6.2 avg) and 12 touchdowns and was named co MVP of the team with Marion Barber. After Barber graduated and was drafted in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, the running back duties fell solely in the hands of Maroney. Although he struggled with injures throughout the 2005 junior season he managed to establish himself as one of the nations top running backs. In 2005 he had 1464 yards on 281 rushing attempts (5.3 avg) and 10 touchdowns. He also had the best game of his career when he rushed for 258 yards in a game against Wisconsin.... Deciding to enter the 2006 NFL Draft rather than stay at the University of Minnesota for a senior season Maroney ended his career with the Gophers as one of the schools greatest running backs. In total he had 3,933 yards and 32 touchdowns on 660 attempts, and is second in the schools history for all-propose yards with 4,797.
In 2006 the New England Patriots drafted Maroney in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft with the 21st overall pick. In his rookie season with the Patriots Maroney played in 14 games. In week three of the regular season vs the Cincinnati Bengals he had his best game when he rumbled for 125 yards and two touchdowns - including one 25 yard touchdown run that was named by the NFL Network as one of the top ten runs of the 2006 season. He also playing a huge role on the Patriots as a kickoff returner, Maroney returned 28 kicks for 783 yards (28 yard avg). In week 13 in a game vs the Detroit Lions Maroney was hurt on a kickoff return in the first quarter of the game. He didn't return to play in the game and also ended up missing the next two weeks while recovering from the injury. Returning from the injury induced inactive list in weeks 16 and 17 he ran for key touchdowns in both games. He ended the 2006 NFL season with 745 yards on 175 attempts (4.3 avg) and 6 touchdowns. He also had an surprisingly effective year in the receiving game as well with 22 receptions for 1941 yards and a touchdown.
Maroney is currently signed with the Patriots to a five-year deal that extends till the 2011 season. He underwent shoulder surgery in early 2007 but is reportedly going to be ready to assume the New England starting running back job for the 2007 season.