Leroy Jones (American football)

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Leroy Jones
Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-09-29) September 29, 1950 (age 63)
Place of birth: Greenwood, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Weight: 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
College: Norfolk State
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48
Debuted in 1974 for the Edmonton Eskimos
Last played in 1983 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Leroy Jones (born September 29, 1950) is a former American football player who played defensive end. He played the majority of his 10-year career with the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League (NFL).

Jones played both basketball and football in high school, and continued with both sports while attending college at Norfolk State University. He began his professional career in 1974 with the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League (CFL), and they won the Grey Cup championship in his second season. Jones was drafted in the 1975 NFL Draft in the second round with the 48th overall pick by the Los Angeles Rams, who traded him in 1976 to San Diego, where he played through 1983.

Early life[edit]

Jones was a standout at both football and basketball in high school at Amanda Elszy in Greenwood, Mississippi. He led his teams to multiple championships.[1]

College career[edit]

Jones attended Norfolk State University, where he was the center on three Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tournament basketball teams. He was named to the All-CIAA Tournament team each year. Jones also played football, and he was named All-CIAA annually as a defensive end.[1]

Professional career[edit]

In 1974, Jones played for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He led the team in tackles and sacks that season, as well as in the 62nd Grey Cup championship game.[1] The Eskimos the next season won the 63rd Grey Cup with Bill Stevenson taking over Jones' left defensive end position.[2]

Jones was drafted in the 1975 NFL Draft in the second round with the 48th overall pick by the Los Angeles Rams.[1] The San Diego Chargers acquired Jones from the Rams in 1976 for a future draft choice.[3]

In 1980, Jones teamed with All-Pro's Fred Dean, Gary "Big Hands" Johnson, and Louie Kelcher on the defensive frontline as the Chargers led the NFL in sacks (60). Jones that season was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl.[4] The foursome was locally nicknamed the Bruise Brothers,[5][6] coined from a popular act at the time, The Blues Brothers.[7] Don "Air" Coryell's Chargers teams of that era are mostly remembered for its high-scoring, pass-oriented offense. The Chargers won the AFC West from 1979–1981 and made the playoffs in 1982.[1]

During the 1981 season, Jones blocked a field goal by Miami kicker Uwe von Schamann in overtime, allowing San Diego to drive for its own field goal and win 41–38 in the playoff game known as the Epic in Miami, considered by many to be among the greatest NFL games ever.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Leroy Jones". hraashof.org. Archived from the original on January 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Bacon, Dick (November 22, 1975). "Weather could be major factor says probable starter Jones". The Montreal Gazette. p. 29. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vet Snow Waived By Ram Squad". The Press-Courier. Associated Press. September 7, 1976. p. 12. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Kempsville star among hall of fame inductees". The Virginian-Pilot. August 25, 2013. Archived from the original on January 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Grambling State University Loses Two Football Legends". FoxSports.com (Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC). August 11, 2010. Archived from the original on May 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ "No. 16: Chargers' best draft class". ESPN.com. March 28, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2011. "The 2001 class was good, but the 1975 class ranks the best. San Diego had four of the first 33 picks in the draft, and the Chargers selected three defensive linemen that would form the nucleus of "The Bruise Brothers" and once formed three-fourths of the AFC Pro Bowl defensive line." (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Countdown to Enshrinement Spotlight: Fred Dean". College Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ Svekis, Steve (November 12, 2000). "1/2/82: Chargers 41, Dolphins 38 Ot -- The Greatest Game Ever Played?". Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 27, 2014. 

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