George Jones (American football)

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George Jones
No. 43
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1973-12-31) December 31, 1973 (age 44)
Greenville, South Carolina
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Eastside High School
College: San Diego State
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 5 / Pick: 154
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 34
Games started: 1
Rushing attempts-yards: 119-371
Receptions-yards: 17-105
Touchdowns: 2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

George Dee Jones (born December 31, 1973) is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League.

Despite having a stellar college career at San Diego State, where Jones broke many of Marshall Faulk's rushing records, .[1] He made his NFL debut during the 1997 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers,[2] serving as a halfback for most of the season while Tim Lester was on injured reserve. The following season, he was released by the Steelers and moved on to the Jacksonville Jaguars before finishing his career with the expansion Cleveland Browns in 1999.[3]

Before he joined the NFL, he bought a car, and then his parents bought him a plane ticked to Bakersfield, California to which he flew from Greenville, South Carolina.[4]

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Since his retirement from NFL in 1999 he had 3 children, one of which is with Down syndrome.[1] The older one is eight years of and receives coaching in American football from George Jones himself.[1] In an interview with PGH Sports Daily he said that "[NFL] was the greatest thing that ever happened to me".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "George Jones, Steelers Running Back, 1997". PGH Sports Daily. July 7, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ NFL Draft. 
  3. ^ "George Jones Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ Chris Dufrense (September 25, 1996). "Aztec Ruins : San Diego State's Jones Was a Heisman Candidate Before Season, but After Probe of His Car Purchase, He Hasn't Even Talked to His de Facto Family". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 28, 2017.