Jacoby Jones

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Jacoby Jones
Jacoby Jones at the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII victory celebration.jpg
Jones in 2013 at the 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 30)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: New Orleans (LA) Abramson
College: Lane
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Debuted in 2007 for the Houston Texans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Receptions194
Receiving yards2,602
Receiving TDs14
Stats at NFL.com
 
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For the baseball player, see JaCoby Jones.
Jacoby Jones
Jacoby Jones at the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII victory celebration.jpg
Jones in 2013 at the 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 30)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: New Orleans (LA) Abramson
College: Lane
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Debuted in 2007 for the Houston Texans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Receptions194
Receiving yards2,602
Receiving TDs14
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 years[edit]

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 on the 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 career[edit]

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.

Jones while playing for the Texans in 2010

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
6 ft 3 in210 lb4.39 s1.52 s2.58 s4.31 s7.03 s34 in10 ft 9 in
All values from NFL Combine

Houston Texans[edit]

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 his punt kick for a 70 yard score against Miami in week 6 of 2008. Jones continued to be relatively valuable as both a receiver and a returner, though he sometimes struggled with drops.

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.[3] He was rushed 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.[4]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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 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 won the game 34–31, earning Jones his first Super Bowl ring. 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 was en route of returning a kickoff seemingly for a touchdown, when Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin disrupted the route by unknowing standing on the field while looking at the big screen in M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens would win, however, 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 fellow teammate, Marlon Brown, scored the game-winning touchdown with 4 seconds remaining, allowing the Ravens to win 29-26. In week 15, the Ravens played the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. On a key 3rd & 15 within two minutes left in regulation, Jones converted it for a first down with a pass from quarterback Joe Flacco. 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.

After testing the free agent market, on March 12, 2014 Jones decided to remain with the Baltimore Ravens and agreed to a 4 year, $12 million contract with $4.5 million guaranteed.

Career Statistics[edit]

Receiving Stats

YearTeamGamesReceptionsTargetsYardsYards per ReceptionLongest ReceptionTouchdownsFirst DownsFumblesFumbles Lost
2007HOU1415271499.9260911
2008HOU16358127.0450200
2009HOU14274043716.24561900
2010HOU15517956211.04733110
2011HOU16316451216.58022300
2012BAL16305440613.54711600
2013BAL12376645512.36622100
TotalTotal1031943352,60213.4801412121

[8]

Returning Stats

YearTeamGamesPunt Return AttemptsPunt Return YardsPunts Returned for TouchdownPunts Fair CaughtLongest Punt ReturnKickoff Return AttemptsKickoff Return YardsKickoffs Returned for TouchdownKickoffs Fair CaughtLongest Kickoff Return
2007HOU143028607744780023
2008HOU163238621773132800030
2009HOU143942601462246381095
2010HOU152920401539234940035
2011HOU1649518177900000
2012BAL163734111663381,16720108
2013BAL12192370237318921077
TotalTotal1032352,398478791333,54940108

[8]

NFL Records[edit]

Texans franchise records[edit]

Ravens franchise records[edit]

Dancing With the Stars[edit]

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. [11]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"Good Feeling"767No Elimination
2Jazz/"Five Guys Named Moe"878Safe
3Prom Group Dance/"The Rockafeller Skank"
Rumba/"Stay"
Awarded
8
2
8
Points
8
Safe
4Foxtrot/"Watching You"888Safe
5Jive/"Long Tall Sally"989Safe
6Quickstep/"For Once in My Life"
Team Paso Doble/"Higher Ground"
8
7
7
8
8
7
Safe
7Salsa/"Danza Kuduro"999Safe
8Viennese 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


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Borden, Sam (February 4, 2013). "For the Ravens’ Jones, a Trip Home and 2 Trips Into the End Zone." The New York Times. 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 (January 15, 2013). "Abramson graduate Jacoby Jones made the most of his chance in stunning Ravens' victory." The Times-Picayune. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  3. ^ Sessler, Marc (January 16, 2012) Texans' Jones apologizes, moves forward after muffed punt. NFL.com. Retrieved on May 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Nielsen, James (May 1, 2012) Ultimate Texans » Texans release much-maligned receiver Jacoby Jones. Houston Chronicle via Blog.chron.com. Retrieved on May 1, 2013.
  5. ^ Smith, Michael David (May 8, 2012) Ravens sign Jacoby Jones to two-year, $7 million deal | ProFootballTalk. Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved on May 1, 2013.
  6. ^ Vensel, Matt (October 17, 2012) Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and kick return Jacoby Jones, the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, is ready to play his former team, the Houston Texans – Baltimore Sun. Articles.baltimoresun.com. Retrieved on May 1, 2013.
  7. ^ NFL Network: Jacoby Does It Again: 63 Yd TD Return. Baltimoreravens.com (November 18, 2012). Retrieved on May 1, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Jacoby Jones Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Houston Texans Kick & Punt Returns Career Register". pro-football-reference.com. 
  10. ^ a b c "Baltimore Ravens Kick & Punt Returns Career Register". pro-football-reference.com. 
  11. ^ 'Dancing With the Stars': Dorothy Hamill quits, other celebs are safe. Fox News (March 27, 2013)

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