Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FB Jones Retires as Jaguar; A Former Star at FSU, Blocking Back Noted for Unselfish Play

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FB Jones Retires as Jaguar; A Former Star at FSU, Blocking Back Noted for Unselfish Play

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Byline: Vito Stellino

Greg Jones, who toiled in obscurity in the trenches for a decade while establishing a reputation for being a pro's pro, had a moment in the limelight on Thursday.

Jones, 33, who spent nine years with the Jaguars, mostly as a fullback, signed a one-day contract with the team and announced his retirement at an emotional news conference.

The Jaguars gave him a warm sendoff with a video of some of his highlights and a framed jersey, and he was obviously touched.

"It means a lot because you all didn't have to be here,'' he said. "The Jacksonville Jaguars didn't have to do this. It just means a lot to me and my family because you all have done so much for me and the city, too. I can't explain it, but it means a lot to me.''

The Jaguars drafted Jones in the second round in 2004, though he had suffered a torn ACL at Florida State. Jones spent two years as a backup to Fred Taylor and also played fullback before he tore the other ACL in the 2006 preseason.

He came back in 2007 mainly as a blocking back for Taylor and then Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones had 213 of his 272 carries in his first two years. In his last five years with the Jaguars, he had just 15 carries.

Jones said he didn't miss the limelight as a blocking back because he had the respect of his peers.

"One thing about football players, when they line up or watch tape, they can see who can play and who cannot play,'' he said. "Just as long as the other guys on the other side of the white line know the deal that I was a good player, then I am fine with that.''

Both Jones-Drew and Taylor released statements on their former teammate.

"Greg is one of the best people I've ever been around,'' Jones-Drew said. "Not only one of the best football players, but he is extremely smart. He's just a kind person. He's not selfish. It was never about Greg Jones. It was always about how he could help the Jaguars win a championship.''

"He's an amazing teammate and even a better person,'' Taylor said. …

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