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Jones lights up 49ers for 290 yards
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-Joe Flacco may have won the MVP award in the Super Bowl XLVII but, the Ravens wide receiver/return specialists Jacoby Jones had the better game.
Even Sports Illustrated seemed to think so as well, for they decided to place Jones on the cover of its magazine this week instead of Joe Cool.
But, we really shouldn’t be surprised with Joe Flacco winning the Super Bowl MVP.
Why? Because, we know the NFL is a quarterback driven league.
However, no one can deny the fact that Jones’ electrifying 108 yard kick-off return for a touchdown, which is a Super Bowl Record, was the most memorable play of the game.
Jones, in fact, had 290 all-purpose yards during the Super Bowl, which also is a new Super Bowl record for total yardage.
Along with his 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, Jones also had a 56-yard touchdown catch over 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, which was the longest play allowed by the 49ers’ defense this season.
Jones’ 108-yard kick-off return, however, shouldn’t be shocking, because during the regular season on October 14, 2012, he returned a kickoff for 108 yards for a touchdown in a win against the Dallas Cowboys, which then tied an NFL record for longest kick return.
He did it again on November 11, 2012, when he returned another kick-off for 105 yards in the Ravens’ 55-20 win over Oakland Raiders, making him the first player to return two kicks for 105 yards or more in a season.
Jones, who is a native of New Orleans, was a walk on at tiny Lane College, which is a four-year, historically Black college located in Jackson, Tennessee after transferring from Southeastern Louisiana University on a track scholarship in 2002.
While at Division II Lane College, who is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), which consists of Fort Valley State, Albany State, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta, Benedict College, Miles College, Tuskegee, and Stillman College, Jones became a three time All-(SIAC) player his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, which led him to be drafted by the Houston Texans in the 3rd round (73rd overall) of the 2007 NFL draft.
“When I graduated high school, I was 5-7, 160 with bricks in my pocket,” Jones told the Baltimore Sun’s reporter. “I’ve been the underdog all my life. I walked on at Lane, and I just took off. I was determined.”
That underdog persona, and determination, along with his lightening quick speed propelled him to be named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster as a kick returner and a member of the 2012 All-Pro Team this year.
It’s ironic, however, that just last season, Jones muffed a punt against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoff game as a member of the Houston Texans, which led to the Texans to lost the game and eventually him being cut.
What a difference a year makes, however?
Because from that muffed punt, he went from zero to hero with a Super Bowl ring.