Brian Jones (linebacker)
|No. 56, 58|
January 22, 1968 |
Iowa City, Iowa
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Lubbock (TX) Dunbar|
|NFL Draft:||1991 / Round: 8 / Pick: 213|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Brian Keith Jones (born January 22, 1968 in Iowa) is an American sports radio and television host and former American football linebacker. Jones played one year of college football at UCLA and then transferred to University of Texas at Austin (Texas); Jones was drafted in the eighth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders. Jones played NFL professional football for 6 seasons.
Early life and college career
Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Brian Jones grew up in Lubbock, Texas and graduated from Dunbar High School of Lubbock in 1986. Recruited by several colleges, Jones first attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and played on the UCLA Bruins football team for Terry Donahue before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. He then played the 1989 and 1990 seasons for the Texas Longhorns football team. As a senior in Texas's 1990 Southwest Conference (SWC) title run, Jones was an All-SWC selection.
Professional football playing career
After a trade from the Raiders, Brian Jones spent the 1991 NFL season playing linebacker with the Indianapolis Colts. Jones then spent the 1992 season with the Miami Dolphins and 1994 with the Los Angeles Raiders. He signed with the New Orleans Saints in 1995, for which he would spend the next four seasons; Jones did not see any significant playing time after the 1996 season. Jones sat out the 1997 season because of injury and played only one game in 1998 before being cut. In 1999, Jones filed a workers' compensation claim over his 1997 injury, but the Saints and Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation filed a Peremptory Exception of Prescription that was upheld by the Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal in 2001.
After retiring from pro football, Jones moved to Los Angeles, California to try to start an acting career. After a few years, Jones returned to the University of Texas at Austin in spring 2000 to finish his corporate communications degree. He also hosted a weekday afternoon talk show on sports radio station KVET (AM) "1300 the Zone". Jones finished his degree by spring 2002, and became the first person in his family to graduate from college. He later moved on to working in sports television as a sideline audio tech, and later a sports reporter for University of Texas football games and a sports reporter for Fox Sports Southwest. In 2013, Jones joined CBS Sports Radio as co-host of the afternoon drive time program MoJo on CBS with the long time broadcaster Chris Moore. In February 2015 CBS Sports moved Brian to the mornings with sportscaster Greg Gianotti, with "Gio and Jones in the Morning" the name of the program.  In March 2013 Jones was added by CBS Sports to be an analyst on College Football Today, the pre-game show for the SEC on CBS. Jones is a football analyst with Adam Zucker of the CBS weekly Saturday morning college football program, with former UCLA football Coach Rick Neuheisel In 2017 Jones and co-host Gwen Lawrence launched the Better Man show and BetterManShow.com , a nationally syndicated lifestyle TV program for men. It is currently syndicated to more than 73 million homes.
- Buchalter, Bill (February 12, 1986). "Where The All-southern Players are headed". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- "The South Plains' Top 100 Athletes: Brian Jones". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. August 22, 1999. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- "Brian Jones" (PDF). Lubbock Independent School District. 2008. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- Ketchum, Geoff (November 13, 2006). "A look back at the Class of 1986". OrangeBloods.com. Rivals.com. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- "Catching up with Brian Jones". Texas Longhorns. May 17, 2002. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- Jones v. New Orleans Saints. Louisiana Court of Appeals: October 17, 2001.
- "Chris Moore and Brian Jones". CBS Sports Radio. Retrieved July 18, 2013.