Don Jones (American football)
Don "D.J." Jones, high school senior, August 2007. Photo by Michael Wetzel
No. 29 New England Patriots
|Date of birth:May 14, 1990|
|Place of birth: Town Creek, Alabama|
|High school: Town Creek (AL) Hazlewood|
|College: Arkansas State|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 7 / Pick: 250|
|Debuted in 2013 for the Miami Dolphins|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2014
Don Jones (born May 14, 1990) is an American football strong safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football at Arkansas State University for the Red Wolves.
Played running back and defensive back for the Hazlewood Golden Bears in Town Creek, Alabama, coached by Aaron Goode. He starred as a guard on the basketball team, coached by Shane Childress. As a senior, Jones won the Class 1A 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters in track.
Jones ran for 1,869 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior year and had scholarship offers from 10 Division I schools. In July 2007, before his senior year, Jones was timed at 4.38 in a 40-yard dash at the Alabama-Birmingham football camp.
Hazlewood High School also has produced former NFL players Antonio Langham, Kerry Goode, Chris Goode, Kalvin Pearson, Joe Manley and Bob Penchion.
He played college football for the Arkansas State Red Wolves, where he started as a running back for head coach Steve Roberts. While with the Red Wolves, Jones rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 24 attempts and had 12 catches for 146 yards and a score as a freshman in 2009.
He then transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he became a safety for head coach Steve Campbell, now head coach at the University of Central Arkansas. He then returned to Arkansas State in 2011, where he moved to defensive back and linebacker under head coach Hugh Freeze, now head coach at Ole Miss. As a senior for the Red Wolves, Jones played for Gus Malzahn, now head coach at Auburn University.
2013 NFL Draft
Don Jones made a game-changing play for the Dolphins on Sept. 22, 2013, against the Atlanta Falcons in the Dolphins' first home game of the season. Covering a punt on special teams, Jones forced a fumble when he hit punt returner Harry Douglas with 1:48 left in the third quarter. The Dolphins, trailing at the time 20-13, recovered the loose ball and scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive and went on to win 27-23. The victory improved the Dolphins' record to 3-0. He played on the special teams in all 16 regular-season games for the Dolphins, who finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs. On Dec. 24, 2013, Jones was named to the Professional Football Writers Association's All-Rookie Team as the kick gunner on special teams.
On Twitter, Jones wrote "Horrible" and "OMG" shortly after the drafting of Michael Sam by the St. Louis Rams and was promptly fined by the Dolphins and suspended from team activities. He was required to undergo educational training before he can return to the team.  Jones was reinstated on May 19, 2014 after completing the training.
Jones was waived by the Dolphins on August 31, 2014.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots claimed Jones off waivers on September 1, 2014.
- "Aiming for blue postseason". The Decatur Daily. Retrieved August 18, 2007.
- "DB Don Jones of Arkansas State drafted by Dolphins". Miami Herald. April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "Don Jones Draft Profile". National Football League. Retrieved April 27, 2013.