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Greg Jones
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Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-10-05) October 5, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 2011)
Roster status: Active
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLVI)
Total tackles     35
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     0
Interceptions     0

Gregory M. Jones II (born October 5, 1988) is a Canadian football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for Michigan State University, and was a two-time All-American. The New York Giants selected him in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and he was a member of the Giants' Super Bowl championship team against the New England Patriots following the 2011 season. He has also played for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, the CFL's Toronto Argonauts and the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives.

Early yearsEdit

Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati. He was a two-time All-Greater Catholic League and PrepStar's All-Midwest Team selection for coach Bob Crable. As a junior in 2005, he had 13 tackles for losses, including three sacks. As a senior in 2006 he had 71 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.

Jones was rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and was ranked as the 34th best outside linebacker in his class.[1] Scout.com had him ranked as the 24th best strong side linebacker.[2]

College careerEdit

Jones received an athletic scholarship to attend Michigan State University, where he played for the Michigan State Spartans football team from 2007 to 2010.

2007Edit

As a true freshman in 2007, Jones was named a first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com. He led the Spartans with 78 tackles, becoming the first true freshman to lead the team in tackles since Dan Bass in 1976. The 78 tackles also ranked first among Big Ten freshmen. In his first career start, he had eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for losses against Northwestern. He also had four sacks.

2008Edit

As a sophomore in 2008, Jones was named first-team All-Big Ten by the head coaches and second-team pick by the media. He was the first Spartan linebacker to earn All-Big ten first team since Josh Thornhill in 2001. Jones was also named to Collegefootballnews.com's all sophomore team. He was awarded Michigan State's Outstanding Underclass Back award. He started all 13 games, again leading the team in tackles with 127 and had two sacks.

2009Edit

As a junior in 2009, Jones recorded 154 tackles and nine sacks and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[3][4] The 154 tackles led the team for the third straight year and was most in the Big Ten. Jones was also the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Spartan to earn the honor. He earned first team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive year.

2010Edit

As a senior in 2010, Jones had 98 tackles, a sack and two interceptions. He was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the third consecutive year, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.[4]

Professional careerEdit

New York GiantsEdit

The New York Giants selected Jones in the sixth round (185th overall pick) of the 2011 NFL Draft.[5] Jones became the Giants' starting middle linebacker after a season-ending injury to Jonathan Goff. He was waived on August 31, 2012.

Las Vegas LocomotiveEdit

Jones briefly played for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL, but left when the team didn't pay him, before the league folded.[6]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Jones signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 12, 2012. Battling through an ankle injury all season, he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a broken leg on December 24.[6] He was released on May 6, 2013.[6][7]

Tennessee TitansEdit

On May 15, 2013, Jones signed with the Tennessee Titans.[8] After missing several preseason games with an ankle injury, he was waived/injured by the Titans on August 26, 2013.[6][9][10] On August 27, 2013, he cleared waivers and was placed on the Titans' reserve/injured list. On August 31, 2013, he was waived from reserve/injured with an injury settlement.

Toronto ArgonautsEdit

He signed with the Toronto Argonauts on March 27, 2014, choosing the Argonauts over the Montreal Alouettes.[6][11]

Saskatchewan RoughridersEdit

Jones was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on February 10, 2016.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Jones proposed to his girlfriend, Mandy Piechowski, a former Michigan State women's basketball player, on the field after the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI, and they married in July 2013.[6][13][14] Their daughter Ava was born in 2014.[6] Jones graduated from Michigan State University in May 2015.[15]

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