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|Date of birth:February 22, 1978|
|Place of birth: San Diego, California|
|NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 177|
|Debuted in 2001 for the New York Giants|
|Last played in 2010 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Dhani Makalani Jones (born February 22, 1978) is a former American football linebacker who played for eleven seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the Michigan Wolverines, earning All-Big Ten honors for three straight seasons. He was selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft and played for the team for four seasons. Jones also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals. In addition to his football career, Jones hosted the Travel Channel series Dhani Tackles the Globe and the VH1 show Ton of Cash.
Jones attended middle school at Cabin John Middle School in Potomac, Maryland, where he played basketball. As a senior at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Jones was an All-Met, All-Western Region, and an All-County pick, and also was ranked the fifth best linebacker prospect in the Atlantic Coast Region despite missing most of the regular season with a ruptured disc he injured working out for Penn State earlier in the summer. Jones was also a varsity wrestler in high school, as well as a member of his high school's track team.
At the University of Michigan, Jones was a three time All-Big Ten honoree. As a sophomore, Jones started nine games at linebacker and finished second on the team with 90 tackles and six sacks, playing alongside Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson on Michigan's 1997 national champion squad. As a junior in 1998, Jones started at linebacker and finished with 72 tackles. Jones moved to strong side linebacker as a senior in 1999, and finished second on the team with 81 tackles.
New York Giants
New Orleans Saints
On July 6, 2007, Jones signed with the New Orleans Saints, where he was thought to be able to push for a starting job. Jones, however, was released on September 1, 2007 during final roster cutdowns.
On September 19, 2007 Jones signed a one-year contract with the Bengals. In the 2008 offseason, Jones signed a 3 year contract to return to the Bengals. Following the 2010 season, Jones' contract expired and he was not issued a new contract, so he became a Free Agent.
Jones retired in October 2011.
Dhani Tackles the Globe
Jones is the star of Dhani Tackles the Globe, a series for the Travel Channel in which he learns how to play international sports that are unknown to most Americans. For example, in the first season he played rugby union for English club, Blackheath. The show had a successful 1st season and began airing a second season on April 19, 2010.
Bow Tie Cafe
In 2010, Jones opened the Bow Tie Cafe in the historic Mount Adams neighborhood of Cincinnati, which sells coffee, drinks, cafe sandwiches.
Founding partner of VMG Creative, a New York City creative agency, with clients such as Michael Kors, Capital One, Estee Lauder, P&G.
In addition to his prowess as a professional athlete, Jones has shown a variety of skills off the field. Jones founded a company that sells high-end bowties, and he also writes movie reviews and commentary for Page2 on ESPN.com.
Jones is also an avid bicyclist, using his fixed-gear bicycle to commute to practices and games throughout the year. He also participated in the cycling leg of the Durham Doughman Challenge on Travel Channel's Man v. Food. The challenge was a team quadrathlon consisting of running, swimming, cycling and food eating.
On June 7, 2011, Jones' book, The Sportsman: Unexpected Lessons from an Around-the-World Sports Odyssey, was released. The book talks about his experiences in football, travel, and life in general.
- Dhani Tackles the Globe - Host - (2009-2010) Travel Channel
- Timeless - Host - ESPN
- Ton of Cash - Host - (2011) VH1
- WWL - AM870 • FM105.3 | News • Talk • Sports | OnDemand@1350 - Dhani Jones among nine Saints cut
- Dhani Jones retires
- Gallagher, Brendan (January 31, 2008). "Dhani Jones is a big hit at Blackheath". The Daily Telegraph.
- "Dhani Jones writes book about travel, life, football"
- "Breakthrough Cincinnati"
- Official site
- Cincinnati Bengals profile
- Dhani Tackles the Globe on the Travel Channel
- Dhani Jones at the Internet Movie Database
- Bowtie Cafe
- VMG Creative
- InLeague.com Bio