In January of 2012 Jacoby Jones was the reason the Ravens moved on to the AFC Championship game and again in January 2013 he was also the reason they moved on to the same game.
It has been a whirlwind of a year for the hilarious speedster.
Jones had his name and face plastered on “Wanted” posters around Houston after he muffed a punt that Jimmy Smith recovered in the 2012 AFC Divisional game. That turnover ended up being the nail in the coffin for the Houston Texans season.
And after being selected in the 3rd round of the 2007 draft the Texans parted ways with Jones in May of 2012.
And Mrs. Cleo herself couldn’t have foreseen what Jones would go through over the next several months.
Can you imagine getting a call just a week after being released, from the team that you handed a playoff victory to just a few months earlier?
Jones became an instant fan favorite in Baltimore after he returned his first of several kick-off returns for a touchdown while donning the purple and black. I know personally after I saw him dance for the first time I hit rewind on the DVR wondering what it was that I just saw and then after re-watching it I instantly wanted more. And Jones wouldn’t disappoint even though the cameras weren’t always gracious enough to give us fans at home footage of the full dance live and I was left to search the internet for the full versions.
And not only was his first 108 yard return his career long but he would soon become the first player in NFL history to have not one but two kickoff return touchdowns over 100 yards in the same regular season. And we all know that he would add another record setter while playing on the biggest stage.
Jones’ play was a welcome sign for fans that have been waiting since the days of Jermaine Lewis for another special team playmaker like this.
Jones would consistently give the Ravens offense great field position and was named to his first Pro Bowl as a special teamer.
And Jones wouldn’t just make his mark on special teams but he put his stamp on the offense as well. I was hesitant about any receiver we brought in to fill the role as the 3rd wide receiver option. I didn’t want to deal with another Houshmandzadeh or Evans dropping the final pass of a playoff game. I actually stated on multiple occasions that we better not under any circumstances throw to anyone that wasn’t a top receiver on the final play of a game especially a playoff game, or I would personally go strangle then offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
I would’ve never thought months later I would be eating my words as I emphatically jumped and screamed at the top of my lungs as I watched that “3rd receiver” make one of the biggest plays in Ravens playoff history.
And why not follow up an already incredible season with two memorable touchdowns in the Super Bowl?
It’s been a joy watching all of the post Super Bowl interviews with Jacoby including when Jimmy Kimmel asked him if he would be on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and Jones responded with “do polar bears poo on ice?” I’m not all that familiar with the show but Jacoby and dancing are a match made in heaven so of course I think he would be absolutely great (he would actually get me to watch it for the first time ever).
He’s been so humble and gracious for the opportunity that he has been given and remains set on that fact that he’s the same player he’s always been. “I’m still the same old G,” Jones said. “Ten toes down is the only way I know how to do it. I’m just me.”
To go from the most hated man in Houston with your head on a stake to having the confetti fall while you are hoisting the Lombardi trophy is quite the way to silence the critics.
And the icing on the cake was the fact that he has come out and said that he wants to retire as a Raven after only one season. It just shows the rest of the country what kind of organization and family that we have here in Baltimore. Jones is a game changer and I for one hope he is here to stay and continues his success for years to come.
Oh and Ravens fans let’s not forget to thank the Houston Texans yet again for giving the Baltimore Ravens another Pro Bowler. We will continue to welcome anyone else into Ravens Nation that they would like under value and to kick to the curb.