Dhani Jones

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Dhani Jones
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-02-22) February 22, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: San Diego, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 177
Debuted in 2001 for the New York Giants
Last played in 2010 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2010
Tackles 889
Sacks 9.5
Interceptions 5
Stats at NFL.com
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.

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Jones from the Giants as a free agent in 2004. During Jones stint with the Eagles, he started in Super Bowl XXXIX. On April 30, 2007 the Eagles released Jones.[1]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

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.[2]

Dhani Tackles the Globe[edit]

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.[3] The show had a successful 1st season and began airing a second season on April 19, 2010.

Bow Tie Cafe[edit]

In 2010, Jones opened the Bow Tie Cafe in the historic Mount Adams neighborhood of Cincinnati, which sells coffee, drinks, cafe sandwiches.[4]

VMG Creative[edit]

Founding partner of VMG Creative, a New York City creative agency, with clients such as Michael Kors, Capital One, Estee Lauder, P&G.[5]


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.[6] 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.[7]

Jones is committed to several Cincinnati, OH charities and nonprofits. Among other positions, he serves on the boards of Breakthrough Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Art Museum. [8]



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