Jimmy Jones (quarterback)
|Date of birth||June 23, 1950|
|Place of birth||Wilmington, Delaware|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg)|
|1979||Ottawa Rough Riders|
|CFL East All-Star||1974|
Jimmy Jones (born June 23, 1950) was an all-star quarterback in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Jones was a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC). He moved to Canada in 1973, and played for the Montreal Alouettes, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Ottawa Rough Riders, and helped lead the Alouettes to a Grey Cup win in 1974.
Jones was named to the first team All-American High School team in 1968 and had numerous scholarship offers.
He was such a dominant player at this level, that the school retired his number No. 10 jersey after his last game. John Harris High School was merged with William Penn High School in 1971, becoming Harrisburg High School.
Jones attended the University of Southern California and became one of the few African American starting quarterbacks of that era in Division I (NCAA), influencing during his college career the breaking of different color barriers.
As a sophomore in 1969, he helped lead USC to an undefeated season (10-0-1), a Rose Bowl win over the University of Michigan and a third-place ranking. During that season the team became known as the "Cardiac Kids", because of their last-minute comebacks. Jones was also the first African American quarterback to appear on a Sports Illustrated Cover (9/29/1969).
In 1970, he was part of USC's "all-black" backfield (the first one of its kind in Division I (NCAA) history), that included fullback Sam Cunningham and running back Clarence Davis. Jones was one of the five USC African American starters (along with Sam Cunningham, Clarence Davis, Charlie Weaver and Tody Smith), that played against an all-white University of Alabama football team, winning 42-21 in Birmingham on September 12, 1970. This game was historically significant, because it played a key role in convincing the University of Alabama and its fan base to accelerate the integration of its football team.
For his career he compiled a 22-8-3 record and established school marks at:
- Career passing attempts (602)
- Career passes completed (382)
- Career passing yards (4,902)
- Career rushing attempts (842)
- Career touchdown passes and rushing (42)
- Passing yards in a season (1,877)
- Touchdown passes in a season (13)
- Most passes attempted in a season
- Total yards in a season (1,936)
- Most passes attempted in a game (36)
- Most passes completed in a game (21)
In the spring of 1972 he went undrafted after not receiving much interest from NFL teams as a quarterback. After a year out of football, in 1973 he signed to play in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes.
Jones signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the 1976 season, and played 3 years there.