Arthur Jones (American football)

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Arthur Jones
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Jones with the Colts in 2014
No. -- Free agent
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-06-03) June 3, 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth: Rochester, New York
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school: Endicott (NY) Union-Endicott
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 157
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Tackles: 173
Sacks: 10.0
Forced fumbles: 2
Player stats at

Arthur Willis Jones III (born June 3, 1986) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Syracuse, and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Jones has also played for the Indianapolis Colts. He is also the older brother of UFC fighter Jon Jones, and Chandler Jones of the Arizona Cardinals.

Early years[edit]

Jones was born in Rochester, New York to parents Arthur Jr. and Camille Jones. After moving to Endicott, New York, Jones attended Union–Endicott High School. At Union–Endicott he played both football and wrestled. As a senior, he had 64 tackles, six sacks, and one fumble recovery to help lead Union–Endicott to a Section IV championship. Following that championship season, Jones was ranked as the 18th best prospect in New York by SuperPrep.[1]

Considered only a two-star recruit by, Jones was not ranked among the nation's best defensive tackle prospects.[2] He chose Syracuse over Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Arthur Jones
Defensive tackle
Endicott, New York Union Endicott High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 280 lb (130 kg) 5.3 Aug 20, 2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 65 (DT)   Rivals: -- (DT), -- (NY)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

In 2005, as a true freshman, Jones was redshirted.[3]

In a 34–14 win over Miami (Ohio), Jones sacked their quarterback, Daniel Raudabaugh, for a loss of seven yards.[4] On November 11, 2006, in a game at Raymond James Stadium home of the South Florida Bulls, Jones recovered the first fumble of his collegiate career.[3] In the same game he recorded a career-high five tackles. After playing in every game, Jones had 15 tackles (including sacks) and one fumble recovery.[1]

Against Illinois, after Jones made a tackle on third down, Post-Standard blogger and local radio host Brent Axe wrote, "Arthur Jones is having the game of his life right now."[5] As of October 21, 2007, Jones had five tackles for a loss.[6] As of November 2, Jones had 14.5 tackles after the ball carrier crossed the line of scrimmage.[7] In the beginning of the second half against South Florida on November 11, Jones injured his ankle on a chop block.[8] On November 17, Jones was held out of the game against Connecticut and according to coach Greg Robinson the decision came because, "Arthur has been too good of a football player for us to risk putting him out there and really getting him hurt."[9] For the season, he played in every game but the Connecticut game and was named Second-team All-Big East. His season high in tackles came against Iowa when he had nine.[1]

On September 10, 2008, against Penn State, Jones had one sack and three tackles for a loss.[10] After one month, Jones had four sacks to be one of the leaders for the Orange.[11] After the 2008 season, Jones was named to the First-team All-Big East Conference and was an All-America candidate.[12] Jones was one of only 10 players on the team to start every game. His season high in tackles came against Rutgers when he had eight. Following Syracuse's upset win over Notre Dame he was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week and was also awarded an ESPN Helmet Sticker for his performance. He ranks sixth on the Orange career record list for tackles for loss.[1]

In 2009, Jones missed three games, playing in nine and made 19 tackles (7 for losses) and 1.5 sacks and recovered 2 fumbles and was named First-team All-Big East for the second consecutive season.

Professional career[edit]


He was considered as one of the top senior defensive tackles for the 2010 NFL Draft.[13]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Jones was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round (157th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed to a three-year deal on June 21, 2010.[14] During his rookie season in 2010, Jones played 2 games without recording a single stat.

2011 became the year where Jones saw more action by playing 14 games with 1 start, making 20 tackles.

During the 2012 season, the Ravens advanced to Super Bowl XLVII for the second time in franchise history against the San Francisco 49ers. In that game, Jones registered a fumble recovery as well as a key sack on 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Ravens ended up winning the game 34-31, earning Jones his first Super Bowl Ring.

Jones had also helped the team get to the big game by recording 4.5 sacks in the regular season.

In 2013, Jones played 14 games (started 13) with 4 sacks on 53 tackles.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On March 11, 2014, Jones signed a 5-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts, worth more than $30 million.[15][16] During his first season with the Colts in 2014, Jones played 9 games (started 3) with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble on 34 tackles.

On September 5, 2015, Jones was placed on injured reserve for an ankle injury.[17]

Jones was suspended the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.[18] After returning from his suspension, Jones started all eight games he appeared in and tallied 30 tackles before being placed on injured reserve on December 19, 2016 with a groin injury.[19]

On March 24, 2017, Jones was released by the Colts.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

Jones earned his degree in communication and rhetorical studies.[1] His brother is mixed martial artist Jon Jones, who is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion,[22] while his youngest brother Chandler is an outside linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals who previously played defensive end for the New England Patriots. Their teams played one another for the first time when the Ravens played the Patriots in Week 11 of the 2012 NFL season, and again in the 2013 AFC Divisional Game; on both occasions, Chandler's team came out with the victory. Arthur is married to his college sweetheart Sunny and together they have one son, Arthur IV.[citation needed] They also welcomed a daughter on April 29, 2013.[citation needed]


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  14. ^ "Ravens reach agreement with DT Arthur Jones". Baltimore Sun. June 21, 2010. .
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  16. ^ Wilson, Ryan (March 11, 2014). "Report: Former Ravens DL Arthur Jones signs with Colts". Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ Orr, Conor (September 5, 2015). "Colts to place Art Jones on season-ending IR". Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  18. ^ Orr, Conor (July 26, 2016). "Arthur Jones apologizes for four-game PED suspension". Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  19. ^ Bowen, Kevin (December 19, 2016). "Arthur Jones Goes On Injured Reserve". 
  20. ^ "Indianapolis Colts Release DT Arthur Jones". March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  21. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Colts release defensive tackle Arthur Jones". NFL. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  22. ^ Bennett, Brian (August 20, 2008). "Arthur Jones a bright light for Syracuse". Retrieved 2009-08-09. 

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