Mike Jones (linebacker)

Summary

Michael Anthony Jones (born April 15, 1969) is an American football coach and former linebacker who is the wide receivers coach for the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League (USFL). He played college football at Missouri from 1987 to 1990. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons from 1991 to 2002 with his longest tenure as player with the Oakland Raiders. He played for three teams: the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, the St. Louis Rams, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but is best known for making the game-saving tackle in Super Bowl XXXIV. He then served as the head coach of the Lincoln Blue Tigers (2011–2016).

Mike Jones
Birmingham Stallions
Position:Wide receivers coach
Personal information
Born: (1969-04-15) April 15, 1969 (age 53)
Kansas City, Missouri
Career information
High school:Kansas City (MO) Southwest
College:Missouri
Undrafted:1991
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:637
Sacks:9.0
Forced fumbles:6
Fumble recoveries:5
Interceptions:8
Defensive touchdowns:4

CollegeEdit

Jones attended college at the University of Missouri, where he played running back. He set the school record for most career receptions by a running back with 72.[1]

Playing careerEdit

Jones was undrafted in the 1991 NFL Draft, but signed with the Raiders as a rookie free agent, and switched to the linebacker position. Between his rookie and second seasons as a Raider, Jones played for the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football where he was the starting middle linebacker for the Surge team that won 1992 World Bowl II. He was the Raiders leading tackler in the 1995 and 1996 seasons.[2]

Perhaps what Jones is remembered most for is what he did during the final play of Super Bowl XXXIV, which became known as The Tackle, when he tackled then-Tennessee Titans receiver Kevin Dyson at the one-yard line to preserve a Rams victory. During the 1999 regular season that year, he recorded one sack and four interceptions, which he returned for 96 yards and two touchdowns. He also recovered two fumbles, returning them for a combined 51 yards and one for a touchdown. Jones was cut by the Rams following the 2000 season as part of a salary cap purge of high priced veterans.[3]

Jones then signed with the Steelers.[4]

Jones finished his 12 seasons with nine sacks, eight interceptions, 132 return yards, five fumble recoveries, 94 return yards, and four touchdowns (two interceptions and two fumble recoveries) in 183 games.

CoachingEdit

After retiring as a player, Jones spent six seasons coaching high school football at Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He led the team to a state title as the head coach in 2008. In 2010, he coached the linebackers at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was the head football coach at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.[5] Jones is now the head coach at St. Louis University High School. Jones was also on NFL Top 10's "Top Ten One Shot Wonders" at #10.[6][7]

In 2022 he was made the wide receivers coach of the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Lincoln Blue Tigers (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (2011–2013)
2011 Lincoln 1–9 0–9 10th
2012 Lincoln 1–10 1–10 15th
2013 Lincoln 2–8 2–8 T–11th
Lincoln Blue Tigers (Great Lakes Valley Conference) (2014–2016)
2014 Lincoln 2–9 1–7 T–8th
2015 Lincoln 1–10 0–8 9th
2016 Lincoln* 0–4 0–2 N/A
Lincoln: 7–50 4–44 *Jones was fired by Lincoln prior to the fifth game.
Total: 7–50

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mike Jones".
  2. ^ "Rams Sign Jones, a Linebacker". The New York Times. March 18, 1997.
  3. ^ https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-feb-22-sp-28714-story.html%3f_amp=true[dead link]
  4. ^ "Ex-Rams linebacker Jones finds new home: Pittsburgh".
  5. ^ LAKANA (September 26, 2016). "Lincoln fires head football coach Mike Jones". Archived from the original on April 21, 2019. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  6. ^ "Top 10 one-shot wonders in NFL history". National Football League. June 18, 2008. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "NFL Football Highlights, Clips & Analysis".

External linksEdit

  • Lincoln profile
  • Just Sports Stats