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 39   Laurence Maroney   RB
  Height: 5-11   Weight: 220
  Year: 5   Yrs/Pat: 5
  Acquired: D1-06(21st Overall)
  School: Minnesota
  Born: Feb 5, 1985    

Career Transactions

Laurence Maroney was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round (21st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft ... Signed by the Patriots (7/27/06) ... Placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury (10/20/08).

Career Statistics

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Career Highlights

GP/GS (Playoffs): 45/14 (7/2)

  • Rushed for a career-high nine touchdowns in 2009.
  • In 2007, Maroney ran for 100 or more yards in four of his final six games, including two playoff contests. Of the top 10 single-game rushing totals by Patriots players this decade, Maroney cracked that list three times over a four-game span, totaling 156 yards against Miami (12/23/07) and following that up with back-to-back 122-yard performances against Jacksonville (1/12/08) and San Diego (1/20/08).
  • In 2007, Maroney had five 100-yard rushing games, including two in the playoffs. His five 100-yard games were the most for a Patriot since Corey Dillon tied the franchise record with nine 100-yard performances in 2004.
  • Maroney rushed for a 59-yard touchdown against Miami on Dec. 23, 2007, marking the longest run by a Patriot since 1998, when Sedrick Shaw scampered for 71 yards in the season finale against the New York Jets.
  • Maroney has recorded four multiple-touchdown games in his career entering 2010.
  • As a rookie in 2006, Maroney led the team and finished second in the NFL with a 28.0-yard kickoff return average (783 yards on 28 returns).
  • Maroney was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kickoff 77 yards at Buffalo on Oct. 22, 2006.

2009 Season

2009 (15/5, 1/1)

  • Played in a career-high 15 games with five starts and led the team with 757 yards rushing on 194 attempts with nine touchdowns, and caught 14 passes for 99 yards.
  • Set a career-high with nine rushing touchdowns. His previous career high was the six he recorded in 2006 and 2007.
  • Also returned 13 kickoffs for 279 yards, including a 52-yard kickoff return in the season-opener vs. Buffalo (9/14).
  • Registered his seventh career 100-yard game with 123 yards vs. Tennessee (10/18) and scored on a 45-yard touchdown run in the Patriots' 59-0 win.
  • Scored a rushing touchdown in six straight games from 10/18 vs. Tennessee through 11/30 at New Orleans., which is tied for the second longest streak in New England history.
  • Had back-to-back games with two rushing touchdowns during that stretch with two vs. N.Y. Jets (11/11) and two at New Orleans (11/30).
  • Was inactive for the regular-season finale at Houston (1/3) but returned to the starting lineup in the postseason game vs. Baltimore (1/10).

2008 Season

2008 (3/3)

  • Started three of the season's first four games and had 28 rushes for 93 yards.
  • Was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury (10/20).
  • Started at running back and tallied a season-high 51 yards on 10 carries against Kansas City (9/7).
  • Made the start at running back, tallying eight carries for 16 yards at the N.Y. Jets (9/14).
  • Returned to action, making the start at running back at San Francisco (10/5).

2007 Season

2007 (13/6, 3/1)

  • Played in 13 games while making six starts at running back in 2007.
  • Played in three postseason games with one start.
  • Set single-season career highs in rushing attempts (185) and rushing yards (835).
  • Led the Patriots with three touchdowns in the 2007 playoffs.
  • Made his first career start at running back and set a then career high for rushing attempts with 20 in the Patriots' win at the N.Y. Jets (9/9).
  • Started at running back and tallied his second career 100-yard rushing game with 103 yards on 19 carries against Buffalo (9/23).
  • Took in his first rushing touchdown of the season from six yards out in the Patriots' win at Buffalo (11/18).
  • Notched the game-winning touchdown, a 4-yard score and his second in as many games, in the Patriots' comeback win over Philadelphia (11/25).
  • Set a single-game career high for receiving yards with 79 in the Patriots' victory at Baltimore (12/3).
  • Earned his second 100-yard rushing game of the season while setting a single-game career high with 26 carries in the Patriots' win over the N.Y. Jets (12/16).
  • Established single-game career highs in rushing yards, yards per carry and turned in the longest run of his career while chewing up 156 yards on 14 carries (11.1 avg. per carry) and a touchdown against Miami (12/23). Tallied his fourth rushing touchdown of the season while shedding several Dolphin tackles on a 59-yard dash.
  • Tied a single-game career high with two rushing touchdowns in the Patriots' win over the N.Y. Giants (12/29). Reached the end zone on a 6-yard touchdown and a 5-yard touchdown while adding the first 2-point conversion of his career against the Giants.
  • Gained his first 100-yard playoff performance with 122 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown in the Patriots' win over Jacksonville (1/12) in the AFC Divisional playoffs. His 122 rushing yards were the third highest single-game total in Patriots' playoff history.
  • Registered his second straight 100-yard rushing performance of the postseason by posting 122 yards on 25 carries and his second rushing touchdown in as many games in the Patriots' win over San Diego in the AFC Championship Game (1/20).
  • Took in his third rushing touchdown of the playoffs on a 1-yard scoring plunge against the N.Y. Giants in Super Bowl XLII (2/3). Returned four kickoffs for 94 yards against the Giants.

2006 Season

2006 (14/0, 3/0)

  • Played in 14 games as a running back and kick returner in his rookie season.
  • Finished second on the team to Corey Dillon with 175 rushes for 745 yards and six touchdowns.
  • Led the team and finished second in the NFL with a 28.0-yard kickoff return average.
  • Led the team is rushing yards seven times (vs. BUF, vs. DEN, at CIN, vs. IND, at GB, at JAX, at TEN).
  • Recorded his first career NFL touchdown with a 1-yard run against the N.Y. Jets (9/17/06).
  • Named FedEx Ground Player of the Week and Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week after registering his first career 100-yard rushing game in the Patriots' victory over Cincinnati (10/01/06).
  • Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning two kickoffs for 100 yards, including a 74-yard return in the first quarter against Buffalo (10/22/06).
  • Received the Patriots 12th Player Award.
  • At Cincinnati (10/1), named FedEx Ground Player of the Week and Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week after carrying the ball 15 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Gave the Patriots a 7-6 lead with an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Collected his second touchdown of the afternoon on a 25-yard jaunt in the third quarter.
  • At Buffalo (10/22), named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning two kickoffs for 100 yards. Returned a first quarter kickoff 74 yards to the Buffalo 21-yard line, setting up the Patriots second touchdown of the afternoon.
  • Against Minnesota (10/30), answered a Vikings punt return for touchdown with a momentum-changing 77-yard return on the ensuing kickoff in the third quarter.


  • One of three players in Big Ten history to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of their first three seasons (Ron Dayne, Wisconsin and Sedrick Irvin, Michigan State).
  • Finished his three-year college career ranking second on Minnesota's all-time career list with 3,933 yards and 32 touchdowns on 660 rushing attempts (6.0 avg).
  • Added 21 receptions for 198 yards and one touchdown and 28 kickoff returns for 667 yards and one touchdown.
  • His 4,797 all-purpose yards rank second in Minnesota annals.
  • Also ranks second in school history with 21 100-yard rushing performances and ranks fourth with 34 total touchdowns.
  • From 2003-04, Maroney and Marion Barber III became the first running back tandem in NCAA Division I-A history from the same team to each gain over 1,000 yards rushing in consecutive seasons.
  • Holds a school record with 16 consecutive games with at least one run for 20 yards or longer.
  • In 2005, his final season at Minnesota, ranked fifth in the nation in rushing, averaging 133.1 yards per game.
  • Led the team with a school-record 1,464 yards and 10 touchdowns on 281 carries (5.2 avg).


  • Laurence Maroney was born the son of Terri Terrell on February 5, 1985 in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Attended Normandy (St. Louis, Mo.) High School, where he was a four-time All-Conference selection.
  • Named to the all-metro and all-area teams three times and was twice an all-state pick.
  • Selected St. Louis Player of the Year in 2002.
  • Totaled 4,808 yards on 608 carries with 56 touchdowns in his career.
  • Exploded for 1,948 yards on 210 attempts his senior season with 25 touchdowns, averaging 9.3 yards per carry in 2002.
  • Lettered three times in track, twice in basketball and once in baseball.
  • Was a state champion in the 4x400 and finished third at the state finals in the 200 meters.
  • Named MVP of his basketball team twice.
  • In 2007, served dinner to the homeless at the Pine Street Inn in Boston.
  • Was a Pre-Intercollege Program major at Minnesota.

Extra Points

  • Laurence established the Laurence Maroney 39 Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist in the personal and economic development of disadvantaged youth.
  • Laurence earned the nickname "Kool-Aid" as a youngster in St. Louis. While trying to put out a small fire in his backyard, he ran inside and grabbed the first liquid he saw, a pitcher of Kool-Aid. The nickname "Kool-Aid" has stuck ever since.