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Jacoby Jones
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Jones in 2013 at Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII victory celebration
No. 12     Baltimore Ravens
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-07-11) July 11, 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
High School: New Orleans (LA) Abramson
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Lane
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Debuted in 2007 for the Houston Texans
Career history
* Houston Texans ( 2007 2011)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Pro Bowl (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Receptions     157
Receiving yards     2,147
Receiving TDs     12
Total return yards     4,818
Return TDs     7
Stats at NFL.com

Jacoby Rashi'd Jones (born July 11, 1984) is an American football wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Lane College, and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2012. During Super Bowl XLVII, he recorded the longest play in the game's history, a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Early yearsEdit

Jones lived in New Orleans East.[1] Jones attended St. Augustine High School and Marion Abramson High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a third year student (junior) at St. Augustine he learned that the school considered him too small to play in the American football team. Allen Woods, his godfather and the assistant principal of Abramson, advised him to transfer to that school.[2] 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.

His childhood house and his high school were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. [1]

College careerEdit

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.

Professional careerEdit

Houston TexansEdit

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.[3] He also returned his first punt for a 70 yard score against Miami in week 6 of 2009. Jones continued to be relatively valuable as both a receiver and a returner, though he sometimes struggled with drops.

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

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

Baltimore RavensEdit

File:Jacoby Jones Touchdown Super Bowl XLVII.jpg

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, Jones caught a clutch 70 yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds left against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional Playoff game. The play, dubbed the "Rocky Mountain Rainbow" and the "Mile High Miracle", tied the game at 35 and preceded a 38-35 double overtime victory 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 a Super Bowl. 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 108-yard touchdown for the longest play in Super Bowl or postseason history. The Ravens would win that game 34-31, earning Jones hist first Super Bowl ring. Jones was then the feature player on the cover of the Super Bowl XLVII edition of Sports Illustrated.

RecordsEdit

  • Longest kickoff return (108, tied)
  • Longest kickoff return in a Super Bowl (108)
  • Longest play in a Super Bowl (108)
  • Most all-purpose yards in a Super Bowl (288)

Texans franchise recordsEdit

  • Most punt returns in a single season: 49 (2011)[9]
  • Most punt return yards in a single season: 518 (2011)[9]
  • Most punt return touchdowns in a single season: 2 (2008)[9]
  • Most career punt returns (179)[9]
  • Most career punt return touchdowns (3)[9]
  • Most career punt return yards (1,820)[9]
  • Most career all-purpose yards (5,091)[9]
  • Longest punt return (79)[9]

DWI investigationEdit

On March 16, 2008, Jones was arrested in Midtown near downtown Houston under the suspicion of drunk driving by The Houston Police Department. An HPD spokesman did not specify why they pulled over Jones and said it was simply a DWI Investigation and that an accident wasn't involved. He was later released on a $500 bail for a first offense.[10]

Dancing with the StarsEdit

On February 24, 2013, Jones was the first star announced to be on Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars. He will be dancing with season 13 winner Karina Smirnoff.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Borden, Sam. "For the Ravens’ Jones, a Trip Home and 2 Trips Into the End Zone." The New York Times. February 4, 2013. Retrieved on March 17, 2013. "Jones grew up in New Orleans East and attended Abramson High School, but his family’s house and his high school were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina."
  2. Terrell, Katherine. "Abramson graduate Jacoby Jones made the most of his chance in stunning Ravens' victory." The Times-Picayune. January 15, 2013. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  3. Houston Texans bio
  4. Texans' Jones apologizes, moves forward after muffed punt-NFL.com Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  5. Texans release much-maligned receiver Jacoby Jones Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  6. Ravens sign Jacoby Jones to two-year, $7 million deal-NBC Sports Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  7. A joyful Jacoby Jones ready to face his former team-Matt Vensel, Baltimore Sun Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  8. NFL Network: Jacoby Does It Again: 63 Yd TD Return Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 "Houston Texans Kick & Punt Returns Career Register". pro-football-reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/htx/career-returns.htm.
  10. Glenn, Mike. "Texans receiver Jones arrested on DWI charge." Houston Chronicle. March 16, 2008. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  11. "Dorothy Hamill and Andy Dick among 'Dancing' stars". New York Post. http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/dorothy_hamill_and_andy_dick_among_art7dOspaAd3bBHI5z2ekN?utm_source=SFnewyorkpost&utm_medium=SFnewyorkpost. Retrieved 26 February 2013.

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