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Ed "Too Tall" Jones
Position(s)
Defensive end
Jersey #(s)
72
Born February 23, 1951 (1951-02-23) (age 58)
Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Career information
Year(s) 19741989
NFL Draft 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
College Tennessee State
Professional teams
Career stats
Sacks 106
Games 224
INT 3
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Ed Lee "Too Tall" Jones (born February 23, 1951 in Jackson, Tennessee) is a former American football player in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. By the end of his 15 years with the Cowboys, he was officially credited with 57 quarterback sacks. Unofficially, his career sack total is 106 (sacks did not become an official NFL statistic until 1982).[1] His highest single-season sack total was 13 (in 1985). He was a member of the famed "Doomsday Defense" squad of the 1970s. Jones was given the nickname "Too Tall" because of his height, 6 ft 9 in (206 cm).


He graduated from Merry High School in Jackson and attended Tennessee State University. Jones was the first overall draft choice in the 1974 NFL Draft.

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Boxing career

After five years playing defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys from 1974 through 1978, Jones quit football to attempt a professional boxing career. He fought six times as a heavyweight in just three months from November 1979 through January 1980, winning all of his bouts, all but one by knockout.[1] His opponents were mostly marginal fighters, with the exception of future heavyweight champion of Mexico Fernando Montes, whom Jones knocked out in the first round.

Return to football

Despite his success in the ring, Jones missed the NFL and returned to Dallas to play for the Cowboys from 1980 through 1989. He was named All-Pro in 1981 and 1982, and played in 16 playoff games, including three Super Bowls. Jones played on three NFC champion teams and the 1978 Super Bowl winner. He retired for the second time in 1989, after a total of 15 seasons with the Cowboys. Jones, Bill Bates, and Mark Tuinei are the only players in Cowboys history to play for the franchise for 15 seasons. Jones' tenure is unique in "bridging gaps" of the Franchise in that he was a teammate of both Bob Lilly and Troy Aikman.

Life after football

Ed is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and has made appearances on the American television shows Diff'rent Strokes and Married... with Children.

Jones was a guest referee at the World Wrestling Federation's WrestleMania 2 pay-per-view in 1986. He refereed from outside of the ring during the 20-man battle royale which included American football stars of the day.

Jones starred in a GEICO commercial that initially aired in late 2009. The commercial rhetorically asks if Jones is indeed "too tall," then confirms it by showing a nurse attempting (and failing) to measure his height. He was represented by Champion Management in negotiations with GEICO.

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