Bertram Hays Jones(Bert Jones) was born on September 7, 1951. He played quarterback for the Baltimore Colts and the Los Angeles Rams in the National Football League (NFL). He was known as “The Ruston Rifle” at Ruston High School in Ruston, Louisiana.
Jones attended Louisiana State University during his collegiate football career (LSU). He was born to the Cleveland Browns running back Dub Jones. With the Colts, he was voted the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1976. Jones was honored by the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
Bert Jones Biography
Jones was a member of the LSU Tigers football team while attending LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jones only opened two games before the conclusion of his junior year at LSU, but he played this season after that, guiding the Tigers to a 12–2–1 record.
Jones shared time with Paul Lyons in 1971, throwing for 945 yards, nine touchdowns, and four interceptions. Jones was forced to split quarterback responsibilities with Lyons against the preferences of LSU supporters due to Jones’ disagreements with head coach Charlie McClendon about signal calling.
Jones passed for 1,446 yards, 14 touchdowns, and seven interceptions on 199 pass attempts after taking over at quarterback in 1972. LSU finished the whole season in the AP Top 10 except for one week.
Jones’ most memorable moment occurred in the 1972 LSU vs. Ole Miss game when he connected running back Brad Davis in the end zone for a score as time expired, leading LSU to a 17–16 last-second triumph.
He is married to Danielle Jones. they are the parents of four children, including a doctor, a nutritionist, an environmental lawyer, and a businessman, as well as four grandkids.
About his early life, he said, “I remember that, as a rookie, I didn’t have much money, so I’d go to Unitas’ Golden Arm Restaurant for dinner, where he’d feed me for half-price,” “I went there often. John (Johnny Unitas) didn’t know I’d rented a house, just three blocks away. Finally, (Unitas’ teammate and business partner) Bobby Boyd said, ‘John, you’ve got to stop feeding this guy or he’s going to break us.’ ”
Bert Jones’s Net Worth
Bert Jones’ net worth is believed to be $400,000.
Bert Jones Height
Bert Jones’ height is reported to be 6 feet 3 inches.
Bert Jones Age
Bert Jones is 71 years of age as of the year 2022.
Bert Jones Career
NFL scouts predicted Jones would be the first quarterback picked in 1973. The Baltimore Colts selected him second overall to be the team’s heir apparent to Johnny Unitas, who was eventually moved to San Diego. On September 16, 1973, he made his NFL debut in a defeat to the Cleveland Browns.
Jones and the Colts won three straight AFC East division titles during his eight-year career as the team’s starting quarterback (1975–77).
The 1977 playoff game (dubbed “Ghost to the Post”) is remembered as the fourth-longest game in NFL history. In it, the Indianapolis Colts lost 37–31 to the Oakland Raiders. Jones was out for much of 1978 and 1979 due to a shoulder injury. The Colts finished last in the AFC East those two years.
Jones’ playing career was cut short after 1977 due to a series of injuries. The first was a split shoulder caused by a hit from Al Baker in the Colts’ 13–7 win against the Detroit Lions at the Pontiac Silverdome on August 26, 1978, in the last preseason game for both teams.
Jones played four games for the Los Angeles Rams in his last season before retiring due to a neck ailment.
Jones took part in the first NFL Quarterback Challenge in 1990. Bobby Beathard, the Chargers’ general manager at the time, urged Jones to come out of retirement because of his good performance, but Jones was 38 at the time and elected not to pursue a return.
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