During his career, Jones never appeared in a conference or league championship game. Mr. Chairman, Mr. Rozelle, Mr. Mayor, clergy, enshrinees and former enshrinees, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you. It is an honor for me to be here with you today as we celebrate the life of Dave Jones. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Dave is how much he loved New York City and its fans. He would have liked what he called "the greatest city in the world" and she has not missed a beat since he passed away. Dave was one of the most successful sports executives in NFL history, but he would have preferred to be remembered for his accomplishments in football rather than his tenure as commissioner. He had no desire to take on this role, but when the owners wanted a person who knew nothing about football, they turned to Jones. He took the job and saved it, leading the NFL through some difficult times while building several winning teams.
Dave was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 4th, 1930. He received a college scholarship to Notre Dame but dropped out to join the Navy. While serving in Korea, he played football for the American Forces Academy. When he got out of the service, he went back to school and earned a degree in business administration from NYU.
Jones, however, was not chosen for the MLB All-Star Game that year. He was also deliberately walked 18 times, which ranked second in the league, and his.633 slugging percentage ranked fourth in the NL. His performance against the Braves' main rivals, the New York Mets, was a big reason in his nomination as MVP.
Jones began his career in high school football and progressed through the minor levels before making his MLB debut in 1993. He retired in 2012 after representing only one team, the Atlanta Braves, with whom he won the World Series in 1995.
Jones played collegiate basketball for the University of Miami's Miami Hurricanes, where he was a three-year starter and averaged 11 points per game. In 2014, he was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. The following year, he was voted by his peers as one of the 50 greatest players in Miami Hurricanes history.
As a professional player, Jones was among the most prolific scorers in NBA history. He is only the second player in NBA history to score at least 30 points in each game of a season (Charles Barkley is the other). Jones' 1980–89 seasons are also the only eight years in which a player has scored at least 3000 points. His career average of 31.1 points per game is the highest of any player who spent their entire career with one team.
An analyst for ESPN, Jones has worked various events for the network including the ESPY Awards, NBA Countdown, and NCAA Tournament coverage. He also hosts an annual summer camp for kids in South Florida called "The Global Village".
In 2004, Jones was selected first overall by the New York Knicks in the 1974 NBA draft. However, he never played for the team due to complications arising from injuries he suffered as a youth.
He was drafted by the Indiana Pacers but did not play for them either.
He attended San Jose State University before being taken in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played a key role in the Packers' Super Bowl XLV victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played for the Oakland Raiders. Jones and his mother spent time in homeless shelters. He said that it was then that he decided to pursue sports as a career.
Jones played defensive back for San Jose State from 2002 to 2006. He finished his SJSU career with 154 tackles, six interceptions, 26 passes defensed, and two forced fumbles. He earned First Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a senior after making 77 tackles, five interceptions, and nine passes defensed. The Pack went 12-2-1 during his tenure there and made the NCAA Tournament each year.
After graduating from high school in 1998, Jones attended San Jose State for one season before leaving to begin his professional career. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and played for them for eight years, including winning a Super Bowl. After leaving Green Bay, he joined the Oakland Raiders and ended up playing four seasons for them as well. His career totals include 105 tackles, seven interceptions, and 29 passes defensed. He also had three sacks.
Jones's wife is named Jessica, and they have two children together. She was a gymnast who competed at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Jones has joined Western Australia's Bayswater City SC. On March 26, 1999, he earned a professional deal with Middlesbrough after playing in their development system. In 2004, he made his first team debut in the FA Cup third round against Notts County and later that season won the League Cup. In 2005, he helped the club win the Championship. He left the club at the end of the season to join Stoke City. After leaving Stoke City, he had short spells with Barnsley, Huddersfield Town and Blackpool before returning to Australia in 2015 where he played for Brisbane Roar.
Jones has been capped by Australia at under-17, under-20 and senior levels. He made his international debut on February 5, 2001 in an Asian Cup qualifier vs Bangladesh. He has since gone on to earn 70 caps and score five goals. His personal best ranking is fourth. He was selected in Ange Postecoglou's squad for the 2006 World Cup but did not play in any matches during the tournament.
After retiring from football, Jones became a media pundit and has worked as a television analyst for Fox Sports and ESPN. He is currently the assistant coach at Sydney FC.
He is the brother of fellow footballer Mark Jones who played for Melbourne Knights and South Melbourne.
Brad Jones started his career as a midfielder but was also used as a defender during his time at Middlesbrough.
Jones was chosen to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl following his senior year. Jones accepted his invitation to participate in the Senior Bowl on November 29, 2017. Scouts were intrigued by his quickness during Senior Bowl workouts, which increased the worth of his draft status. He played inside and outside linebacker during his final season at West Virginia.
Jones is from Palmdale, California. He attended Westlake High School before moving on to play football for the West Virginia Mountaineers. As a Mountaineer, he started 11 games over the past two seasons after appearing in just three as a freshman. His career totals include 85 tackles, 7 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.
He received an invite to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds and had a vertical jump of 42 inches. Those are excellent numbers for a linebacker.
After the combine, it was announced that Jones would be participating in WVU's Pro Day on March 28. This is when former players return to their alma mater to showcase their skills for coaches and scouts ahead of May's NFL Draft.
Jones was rated as the number one outside linebacker by ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. He was also ranked fifth by his fellow panelists at the Senior Bowl.