Brent Jones
No. 88, 84     
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-02-12) February 12, 1963 (age 56)
Place of birth: Santa Clara, California
Career information
College: Santa Clara
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 5 / Pick: 135
Debuted in 1987 for the San Francisco 49ers
Last played in 1997 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
*Played 0 games due to injury
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1997
Receptions     417
Receiving Yards     5,195
Touchdowns     33
Stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Brent Michael Jones (born February 12, 1963) is a former American football tight end who played almost his entire National Football League (NFL) career with the San Francisco 49ers from 1987 to 1997. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jones won three Super Bowl rings with the 49ers and was three times named All-Pro (1992–1994) and is a four-time Pro Bowler (1992–1995). He finished his 11 NFL seasons with 417 receptions for 5,195 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Shortly after his playing career ended, Jones became an analyst for The NFL Today. Jones worked for the NFL on CBS from 1998 to 2004. Jones decided to leave CBS Sports prior to the 2005 NFL season in order to focus on his business in California, Northgate Capital, which he founded with former teammates Mark Harris and Tommy Vardell.[1] Jones is a former member of the board of directors for San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises, which owns the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League.[2]

High school careerEdit

Jones attended Leland High School in San Jose, California, where he played baseball and football. In baseball, he was a first team All-League selection.

College careerEdit

Jones played for Santa Clara University in the Western Football Conference.[3]

NFL careerEdit

Jones was picked in the 5th round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Five days after being drafted, Jones got into a car accident causing injury to his neck. The Steelers kept him on the roster until about a month into the regular season, leaving him unsigned until the following season when he joined the 49ers as a backup during training camp. Jones emerged as a starter in the 1989 season, following the retirement of John Frank.[4]

Possible political aspirationsEdit

Jones is a Republican. Over the last several years he has been rumored as a potential political candidate. As of August 2006 he is considered by many pundits to be a potential candidate for the US Congressional seat held by freshman Rep. Jerry McNerney in northern California's district 11. On March 19, 2009, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Jones was being recruited to run in a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who was appointed to a position in the State Department, in 10th Congressional District of California.[5] On March 4, 2010, David Harmer, a Republican candidate running for the 11th Congressional District of California, announced that Jones had endorsed Harmer's campaign.

Coaching careerEdit

Jones's coaching career began at East Bay Athletic League Monte Vista High School in 2007.


Jones has 2 daughters, Rachel (played D1 soccer at Cal Poly) and Courtney (played D1 soccer at North Carolina) Brent's youngest daughter, Courtney Jones, is a top American professional soccer player, most recently a part of the NWSL Kansas City team and now again with the Boston Breakers of the NWSL, after starting for North Carolina and helping them to two NCAA championships at the University of North Carolina. [6] Brent and his family live in Northern California and in Texas.


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