|Tony Jones Offensive Lineman|
Tony Jones was born on May 24, 1966 in Royston, Georgia. After playing his college football at Western Carolina, Tony Jones was not drafted, but was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns in 1988. Tony Jones was able to play both left tackle and right tackle effectively in his career. “Nothing has even been given to me. I've always been the guy to outwork somebody else, the guy who wasn't drafted and had to bust his butt to make the team. Then when I started, I had to bust my butt to keep it.” (1)
Tony Jones Wins Back to Back Super Bowls
Before the 1997 season, the Denver Broncos signed Tony Jones to bolster their offensive line. They needed to protect future Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway and open holes for Terrell Davis who was becoming a star in the league. The move paid off in a big way. For once, the Denver Broncos had one of the best offensive lines in the league and Terrell Davis ran for 157 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers, thanks in large part to devastating blocks from Tony Jones.
During the 1998 season, the Denver Broncos made another Super Bowl run, starting the season 13-0. This time Tony Jones moved to left tackle to protect John Elway’s blind side. He was also part of an offensive line that propelled running back Terrell Davis to a 2000 yard season. In the end they won the Super Bowl again.
Tony Jones Career
Tony Jones was a fine offensive tackle over his 13 year NFL career which included seasons in Cleveland, Baltimore, and Denver. During the 1998 season he made the Pro Bowl. “Some guys get injured and say they can't take it no more. My attitude is that I've got another good (run) left in me. I want to go out on top, go out with the feeling I've had the last two years.” (1) Although he did not go out on top, he did win back to back Super Bowls following the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
By A. Goodin, 20Yardline.com
Tony Jones Bibliography
(1) NOT READY TO PACK IT UP INJURED BRONCOS TACKLE TONY JONES HAS A FEW GOOD YEARS LEFT; THE QUESTION IS, `WHERE?' (1999, November 21) The Rocky Mountain News