Marvin Jones (linebacker)

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Marvin Jones
No. 54, 55
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1972-06-08) June 8, 1972 (age 45)
Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) Northwestern
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 1,021
Sacks: 9.0
Forced fumbles: 9
Interceptions: 5
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Marvin Maurice Jones (born June 28, 1972) is a former American college and professional football player who was a middle linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. Jones played college football for Florida State University (FSU), and was recognized as an All-American twice. He was drafted in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, and he played his entire pro career for the Jets. Jones was also the interim head coach for the Colorado Crush of the Indoor Football League (IFL).

Early years[edit]

Marvin Jones was born in Miami, Florida.[1] He graduated from Miami Northwestern High School,[2] where he played high school football for the Northwestern Bulls.

College career[edit]

While attending Florida State University, Jones played for coach Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles football team from 1990 to 1992. The Seminoles finished 10–2 in 1991 and 11–1 in 1992, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship in the latter, Florida State's first season in the league. Jones was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in both 1991 and 1992, and was honored by Sporting News as its College Football Player of the Year in 1992. He decided to forgo his remaining college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. The Seminoles inducted him into the FSU Hall of Fame in 2000.[3]

Professional career[edit]

The New York Jets selected Jones in the first round, fourth overall pick, of the 1993 NFL Draft,[4] and he played for the Jets from 1993 to 2003.[5] Nicknamed "Shade Tree" by his teammates, Jones recorded a career high 135 tackles and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2000.[5] In eleven seasons, Jones played in 142 NFL regular season games, started 129 of them, and compiled 1,021 tackles, nine sacks, five interceptions for 42 yards, 31 pass deflections, ten forced fumbles, and eight fumble recoveries.[5]

Jones signed a one-day contract with the Jets to retire following the 2004 season.

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
1993 NYJ 9 26 20 6 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1994 NYJ 15 85 59 26 0.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1995 NYJ 10 90 58 32 1.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1996 NYJ 12 103 75 28 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 NYJ 16 126 86 40 3.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
1999 NYJ 16 91 68 23 1.0 1 1 0 1 15 15 15 0 5
2000 NYJ 16 133 100 33 1.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2001 NYJ 16 135 95 40 1.0 2 1 0 3 27 9 18 0 5
2002 NYJ 16 109 76 33 0.0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
2003 NYJ 16 118 74 44 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Career 142 1,016 711 305 9.0 10 8 0 5 42 8 18 0 30

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Coaching career[edit]

Jones was the linebackers coach of the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League in 2014.[7] He was the interim head coach for the Colorado Crush of the Indoor Football League (IFL).

Personal life[edit]

Jones started the Marvin Jones Charitable Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting and motivating youth towards success by engaging them in positive experiences through academics, community involvement and sports.[8]

Jones holds a B.S in Psychology from Florida State University, an A.S. from Charter Oak State College, and diplomas in counseling and herbal medicine from the Institute of Natural Healing. He lives in Fort Myers, Florida.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Marvin Jones. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Marvin Jones Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  3. ^ FSU Hall of Fame, Football, Marvin Jones Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Marvin Jones. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "Marvin Jones Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Brown, Jake (November 9, 2014). "Marvin Jones on the Jets, Brooklyn Bolts". sportstalk1240.com. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  8. ^ Charity.com, Children & Youth,Marvin Jones Charitable Foundation Archived 2013-03-27 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved February 16, 2012.