- Matt Jones (American football)
Matt Jones No. -- Free Agent Wide receiver Personal information Date of birth: April 22, 1983 Place of birth: Fort Smith, Arkansas Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 218 lb (99 kg) Career information College: Arkansas NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21 Debuted in 2005 for the Jacksonville Jaguars Career history Roster status: Free Agent Career highlights and awards
- Second-team All-SEC (2003)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008 Receptions 166 Receiving yards 2,153 Receiving touchdowns 15 Stats at NFL.com
Matthew Jones (born April 22, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver . He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and retired officially in November 2010. He played college football at Arkansas.
Jones was born to Steve and Paula Jones on April 22, 1983 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His family soon moved to Van Buren, Arkansas where Matt was raised. He attended Van Buren Schools until his senior year. In high school, Jones was a quarterback at Northside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas, as well as a sprinter on the school track team. He was also a member of the drama club at NHS and was an active participant in the "Keep Northside Red" campaign, which is an annual blood drive held on the Northside High School campus. Jones was a finalist for the KNWA's "Athlete of the Year" award but did not win. Jones was awarded with the "Hooten's Arkansas Football" Ft. Smith Northside Outstanding Student award as a senior at FSNHS. This award is for the most honorable student both on and off the playing field at FS Northside. Jones was also awarded the key to the city in Ft. Smith for his outstanding work with the local Boys & Girls Club. Jones became a musician at a young age, taking both piano and drum lessons. He played in the Van Buren Jr. High Band then quit to focus on athletics in High School.
In college, Jones was a star athlete for the University of Arkansas, where he played quarterback and was also a member of the basketball team. He was starting QB for the Razorbacks in the two longest NCAA college football games ever played, each going into 7 overtimes.
At the NFL Combine, Jones, measured in at 6' 6" tall, weighed 237 pounds and recorded scores during the tests that showed speed and explosive ability that had not been seen before in a player of his size. These scores earned him the nickname "The Freak" from the coaches and athletes in attendance. These scores included being timed between 4.37 and 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 39.5" vertical jump, and a 10' 10" broad jump.
Jones, a college quarterback, was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a wide receiver in the first round (21st overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. This was a move that surprised some draft experts who thought it was a risky selection as Jones had not been a full time wide receiver at any prior point in his career.
As a rookie, Jones finished 2005 with 36 receptions for 432 yards and five touchdowns. He then finished 2006, with 41 receptions for 643 yards and four touchdowns. In 2007, he saw his production drop. At the beginning of the season, he pledged to not shave his beard until he scored a touchdown. His streak of end zone shutouts ended Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished the 2007 regular season with 24 receptions for 317 yards and was tied for 2nd on the team with four touchdown catches. In 2008 he had 65 catches for 761 yards in 12 games before being suspended for three games by the NFL on October 20, 2008 for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He has not played in a regular-season NFL game since.
Jones worked out with several teams during the 2009 season, but none resulted in contracts. After spending the 2009 NFL season out of football, Jones received contract offers from the Bengals and the Tennessee Titans, but on February 12, 2010, Jones decided to sign a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Jones was waived on the last day of final cuts by the Bengals and did not make the 53 man roster.
Jones and one other former Arkansas football player, Jared Hicks, were inside a vehicle that was searched by police. The police found a plastic bag filled with six grams of a white substance that tested positive as cocaine and a jar with possible marijuana residue. Officers questioned Jones and he acknowledged the white powder was in fact cocaine, the report said.
Jones' dad, Steve Jones, disputed the allegations that his son was involved in any wrongdoing, releasing a statement which was posted on the web site of Fayetteville television station, KNWA-TV: "We want to make it clear that Matt was not in possession of any drugs, but that there were drugs in the vehicle and were located in the closest proximity to Matt."
On October 8, 2008, an agreement was reached between Jones and the Washington County Prosecutor's Office. Prosecutor John Threet agreed to send the case to drug court on October 13, 2008. Prosecutors said the felony charge would be dismissed if Jones completes the drug program. A hearing in drug court, rather than in the regular criminal system, allows Jones to keep any conviction off his record.
The NFL suspended Jones for three weeks for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was in the lineup for Week 8, pending an appeal. On December 9, 2008, the NFL upheld Jones' three-game suspension which caused him to miss the rest of the season.
On March 9, 2009 in Washington County, Jones was arrested again after failing a drug test which showed that he had alcohol in his system. This violated the condition of his probation. He was held in jail after he asked to be imprisoned rather than sent to a six-week residential treatment program that would have interfered with the beginning of training camp. He was released on March 14, 2009 after his latest arrest, but will be back in court on April 13.
- ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3654599
- ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/J/JoneMa00.htm
- ^ Go.com, Jags Release WR Jones, March 16, 2009
- ^ NFL.com (2010). "Reports: Bengals sign Matt Jones, pass on 'Pacman' after workout". http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d8165d7e1&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
- ^ http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/39974874/ns/sports-player_news/
- ^ Former UA Quarterback Jones Arrested , Northwest Arkansas Times, 7/11/2008
- ^ Go.com
- ^ Associated Press (2008). "NFL upholds three-game suspension of Jaguars receiver Jones". http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80d2e649&template=with-video&confirm=true. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
- ^ "Matt Jones Back In Jail". http://arkansasmatters.com/content/fulltext/news?cid=199091.
- ^ Jones Released from Jail SI.com, March 14, 2009
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