The Ravens’ star wide-receiver Jacoby Jones, known for clutch catches, didn’t always have a football future, or so it seemed.
“When New Orleans native Jacoby Jones was a junior at St. Augustine, he was told he was too small to play football,” revealed Katherine Terrell of NOLA.com | The Times Picayune in a 2013 story, “Ambramson graduate Jacoby Jones made the most of his chance in stunning Ravens’ victory.”
Jones went on, Terrell wrote, to transfer high schools to play ball, but his career again appeared to end when he started college on a track scholarship.
It was Jones’ mother, Terrell wrote, that ordered him back into football.
Jones was wise to follow her advice. In 2007, he joined the Houston Texans, gaining 562 and 512 passing yards in each of his last two seasons, 2010 and 2011, respectively.
It was with Houston that he recorded his longest reception, 80 yards for the touchdown, in 2011. That year, he put up his largest per-game average yardage for receiving, with 16.5 yards.
Some say it was a bad play against Baltimore that brought Jones to the Ravens. He was released by the Texans several months after messing up a punt return in a playoff game that Houston would lose to Baltimore.
So far in Baltimore, Jones’ per-game receiving average has been hovering in the 12 and 13 ranges.
Last year, Jones made several key receptions, including a 66-yard touchdown against the New York Jets. Later, Jones’ catch and touchdown against the Denver Broncos gave the Ravens the tie (which they broke in double-overtime) and ultimately the advance in the 2013 playoffs.
Dubbed the “Mile High Miracle,” the 70-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Jones was lauded by sportscasters across the country. The rest of the game also proved exciting, with the Ravens securing their win thanks to a 47-yard field goal by then-rookie Justin Tucker.
Jones scores points outside of football, too. In season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars,” he and partner Karina Smirnoff made it to the finals. Highlights included a score of three 10s for their Argentine Tango in week 9. The couple finished third overall for the season.
Earlier this year, Jones became a free agent, but has since entered into a four-year contract with the Ravens.