Jacoby Jones

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Jacoby Jones
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Jones with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014
No. 12, 13
Position: Wide receiver / return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1984-07-11) July 11, 1984 (age 35)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: New Orleans (LA) Abramson
College: Lane
NFL Draft: 2007  / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:203
Receiving yards:2,733
Receiving touchdowns:14
Total return yards:7,628
Total return touchdowns:9
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Jacoby Rashi'd Jones (born July 11, 1984) is a former American football wide receiver and return specialist. He played college football at Lane College, and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played for the Texans from 2007 to 2011. Jones then played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2012 to 2014, and was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2012. He is known for two of the most memorable plays in the 2012 NFL playoffs as a member of the Ravens: catching a 70-yard game-tying touchdown pass in the final seconds of regulation in the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos, which helped lead the Ravens to an eventually 38–35 double overtime victory; and a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers, the longest play in Super Bowl history. [1] He also played for the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015 and the Monterrey Steel of the National Arena League in 2017.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

A wide receiver, also referred to as wideouts or simply receivers, is an offensive position in American and Canadian football, and is a key player. They get their name because they are split out "wide", farthest away from the rest of the team. Wide receivers are among the fastest players on the field. The wide receiver functions as the pass-catching specialist.

Return specialist player on the special teams unit of an American football or Canadian football team who specializes in returning punts and/or kickoffs

A return specialist or kick returner is a player on the special teams unit of an American football or Canadian football team who specializes in returning punts and kickoffs. There are few players who are exclusively return specialists; most also play another position such as wide receiver, defensive back, or running back. The special teams counterpart of a return specialist is a kicking specialist.

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Early years

Jones lived in New Orleans East. [2] Jones attended St. Augustine High School and Marion Abramson High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a second-year student (junior) at St. Augustine he learned that the school considered him too small to play on the football team. Allen Woods, his godfather and the assistant principal of Abramson, advised him to transfer to that school. [3] At Abramson, he was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In basketball, he was an All-Metropolitan selection and an All-Area selection. In track, he was an All-Metropolitan selection and an All-Area selection, with a personal best of 10.28 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.3 seconds in the 200 meters.

St. Augustine High School or "St. Aug" is an all-boys parochial high school in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It was founded in 1951 and covers grades 8 through 12.

Marion Abramson High School was a high school in the New Orleans East area of New Orleans, United States. The former Abramson campus is adjacent to Sarah T. Reed Elementary School. The school was operated by New Orleans Public Schools.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

His childhood house and high school were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. [2]

Hurricane Katrina Category 5 Atlantic hurricane in 2005

Hurricane Katrina was an extremely destructive and deadly Category 5 hurricane that made landfall on Florida and Louisiana in August 2005, causing catastrophic damage; particularly in the city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Subsequent flooding, caused largely as a result of fatal engineering flaws in the flood protection system known as levees around the city of New Orleans, precipitated most of the loss of lives. The storm was the third major hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record to make landfall in the contiguous United States, behind only the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, Hurricane Camille in 1969, and Hurricane Michael in 2018.

College career

Jones originally enrolled on a track scholarship at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2002, but transferred to the Division II school Lane College in 2003. At Lane College, Jones became a three-time All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) player his sophomore, junior and senior seasons as well as an excellent punt/kick returner. Jacoby is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Southeastern Louisiana University university

Southeastern Louisiana University (Southeastern) is a public university in Hammond, Louisiana. It was founded in 1925 by Linus A. Sims as Hammond Junior College. Sims succeeded in getting the campus moved to north Hammond in 1928, when it became known as Southeastern Louisiana College. It achieved university status in 1970.

Lane College

Lane College is a private historically black college associated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and located in Jackson, Tennessee. It is a liberal arts institution that with Associate and baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences.

Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference collegiate athletic conference

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) is a collegiate athletic conference consisting mostly of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), with all but one member located in the Southern United States. Formed in 1913, the SIAC is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and competes in Division II.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt 40-yard dash 10-yd split20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
4.50 s1.52 s2.58 s4.31 s7.03 s34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
All values from NFL Combine

Houston Texans

Jones while playing for the Texans in 2010 Jacoby Jones 2010 vs Cowboys.jpg
Jones while playing for the Texans in 2010

Jones was drafted by the Houston Texans in the 3rd round (73rd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. His first touchdown reception was against the Tennessee Titans in week 2 of the 2009 season. He also returned a punt for a 70-yard score against Miami in week 6 of the 2008 season. Jones continued to be relatively valuable as both a receiver and a returner, though he sometimes struggled with drops.

Houston Texans National Football League franchise in Houston, Texas

The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The Texans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. The team plays its home games at NRG Stadium.

2007 NFL Draft

The 2007 National Football League draft was the 72nd annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible American football players. It took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, on April 28 and April 29, 2007. The draft was televised for the 28th consecutive year on ESPN and ESPN2. The NFL Network also broadcast coverage of the event, its second year doing so. There were 255 draft selections: 223 regular selections and 32 compensatory selections. A supplemental draft was also held after the regular draft and before the regular season. This was the first draft presided over by new NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Tennessee Titans National Football League franchise in Nashville, Tennessee

The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 in Houston, Texas, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). The Oilers won the first two AFL Championships, and joined the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger in 1970.

On January 15, 2012, in the 2011 AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, Jones muffed a punt that contributed to the Texans defeat. [4] He was rushed by Cary Williams and the ball was recovered inside the Texans 5-yard line by Jimmy Smith.

Baltimore Ravens National Football League franchise in Baltimore, Maryland

The Baltimore Ravens are a professional American football team based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division. The team plays its home games at M&T Bank Stadium and is headquartered in Owings Mills.

Cary Williams American football cornerback

Cary Eric Williams is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Washburn and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Jimmy Smith (cornerback) American football cornerback

James Michael Smith is an American football cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Ravens with the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Colorado.

On May 1, 2012, Jones was released by the Texans. [5]

Baltimore Ravens

Jones scoring a touchdown during second quarter of Super Bowl XLVII Jacoby Jones Touchdown Super Bowl XLVII.jpg
Jones scoring a touchdown during second quarter of Super Bowl XLVII

On May 8, 2012, Jones signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens. [6]

On October 14, 2012, Jones returned a kickoff for 108 yards and a touchdown in a win against the Dallas Cowboys, tying an NFL record for longest kick return. [7] On November 11, 2012, Jones returned a kick-off for 105 yards in the Ravens' 55–20 win over Oakland Raiders, becoming the first player to return two kicks for 105 yards or more in a season. On November 18, 2012, in a division game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, Jones returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown, helping the Ravens win the game 13–10. [8] It was the first time the Ravens returned a punt for a touchdown against the Steelers.

Jones was named to his first Pro Bowl as a kick returner for the AFC roster and was selected for the 2012 All-Pro team. His stellar play would continue in the playoffs. On January 12, 2013, in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Denver Broncos, the Ravens were down 35–28 and had one last chance to tie the game. On 3rd down and 3 from the Ravens own 30-yard line, Jones caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco with 31 seconds left. The play, dubbed the "Rocky Mountain Rainbow" and the "Mile High Miracle", tied the game at 35 and preceded a 38-35 double overtime win for the Ravens.

In Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers, Jones became the first player to score a receiving touchdown and return touchdown in the same game in Super Bowl history. With under two minutes to play in the second quarter, Jones hauled in a 56-yard pass from Joe Flacco, eluding two defenders to score a touchdown. Jones then returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a 109-yard touchdown for the longest play in Super Bowl or postseason history. The Ravens won the game by a score of 34–31, earning Jones his first Super Bowl ring. [9] Jones was then the feature player on the cover of the Super Bowl XLVII edition of Sports Illustrated.

During the 2013 regular season, Jones was injured in the Kickoff game in Week 1 when teammate Brynden Trawick ran into him during a punt return. Jones would not return until Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers, where he had his first receiving touchdown of the season. In Week 13, on Thanksgiving against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jones returned a kickoff that would seemingly go for a touchdown, however Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin disrupted his route by "unknowingly" standing on the field while looking at the big screen in M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens would later win by a score of 22-20. The next week, in a snowy game against the Minnesota Vikings, Jones returned a kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown in the final two minutes. The Vikings would then answer with another touchdown with 45 seconds remaining, until teammate, Marlon Brown, scored the game-winning touchdown with 4 seconds remaining, allowing the Ravens to win the game 29-26. In week 15, the Ravens played the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. On a crucial 3rd & 15 with two minutes left in regulation, Jones caught a pass from quarterback Joe Flacco that was good for the first down. Shortly after that, second year kicker Justin Tucker kicked a career-high and team record field goal from 61 yards for the 18-16 win. Jones had 6 receptions for 80 yards that game.

Jones in 2014. Jacoby Jones 2014.jpg
Jones in 2014.

After testing the free agent market, on March 12, 2014, Jones decided to remain with the Baltimore Ravens and agreed to a four-year, $12 million contract with $4.5 million guaranteed. [10]

Jones saw diminished productivity for the 2014 season and was released from the Baltimore Ravens on February 25, 2015. He was due 2.5 million for 2015 season. [11]

San Diego Chargers

On March 6, 2015, Jones signed with the San Diego Chargers. [12] [13] The contract was for 2-years, $5.5 million with $1.6 million guaranteed and a $1.6 million signing bonus. He was released on November 3 after the Week 8 match-up against the Ravens. [14]

Pittsburgh Steelers

Jones was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 5, 2015. [15] Jones wore number 13, since his normal number 12 was unofficially retired for Terry Bradshaw. After fumbling twice against the Indianapolis Colts, Jones was demoted to backup kick returner and third-string punt returner on the depth chart. [16] He was released on January 1, 2016. [17]

In four games with the Steelers, Jones had 6 punt returns for 19 yards and 9 kick returns for 220 yards.

Monterrey Steel

On March 13, 2017, Jones signed with the Monterrey Steel of the National Arena League (NAL). [18] He played in 8 games for the Steel, catching 19 passes for 169 yards and 1 touchdown. He also returned 2 field goals for 71 yards and 1 touchdown while also returning 12 kicks for 223 yards. [19]

On September 29, 2017, Jones signed a one-day contract with the Baltimore Ravens so he could retire as a member of the team. [20] [21]

Career NFL statistics

Receiving statistics

YearTeamGamesRECYDsAVGLNGTDsFDsFumFumL
2007 HOU 14151499.9260911
2008 HOU 1638127.0450200
2009 HOU 142743716.24561900
2010 HOU 155156211.04733110
2011 HOU 163151216.58022300
2012 BAL 163040613.54711600
2013 BAL 123745512.36622100
2014 BAL 16913114.6310600
Total1192032,73313.5801412721

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Returning statistics

SeasonTeamGamesPunt returnKick return
AttYDsTDsFCLNGAttYDsTDsFCLNG
2007 HOU 143028607744780023
2008 HOU 163238621773132800030
2009 HOU 143942601462246381095
2010 HOU 152920401539234940035
2011 HOU 1649518177900000
2012 BAL 163734111663381,16720108
2013 BAL 12192370237318921077
2014 BAL 1630275017453297810108
Total1192652,674495791654,52750108

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Records

NFL records

Texans franchise records

Ravens franchise records

Dancing With the Stars

On February 24, 2013, Jones was the first star announced to be on Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars. He partnered with season 13 winner Karina Smirnoff. They reached the finals but came in third place. [25]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Good Feeling"767No Elimination
2 Jazz/"Five Guys Named Moe"878Safe
3Prom Group Dance/"The Rockafeller Skank"
Rumba/"Stay"
Awarded
8
2
8
Points
8
Safe
4 Foxtrot/"Watching You"888Safe
5 Jive/"Long Tall Sally"989Safe
6 Quickstep/"For Once in My Life"
Team Paso Doble/"Higher Ground"
8
7
7
8
8
7
Safe
7 Salsa/"Danza Kuduro"999Safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World"
Paso Doble (Trio Challenge) / "La Virgen de la Macarena"
9
8
9
9
9
8
Last to be called safe
9
Semi-finals
Argentine Tango / "Concierto Para Quinteto"
Lindy Hop / "Ding Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line"
10
10
10
9
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Jive / "Shake It"
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay / "Treasure"
Freestyle / "Can't Hold Us"
Instant Salsa / 'Aguanile"
9
Awarded
9
10
9
2
9
10
9
Points
9
10
Third Place

Personal life

On September 23, 2009 Jones pleaded guilty in a Texas court for a March 2008 DUI arrest in Houston, TX. [26]

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