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Walter Jones

Jones on November 2, 2008
No. 71     Seattle Seahawks
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: January 19, 1974 (1974-01-19) (age 35)
Place of birth: Aliceville, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 1997 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Games played     180
Games started     180
Fumble recoveries     3
Stats at NFL.com

Walter Junior Jones[1] (born January 19, 1974 in Aliceville, Alabama) is an American football offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.

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College career

Jones attended Holmes Community College for two seasons, where he was named Mississippi Junior College Player of the Year by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger in 1994. Then 6′5″ and 265 pounds, Jones played both offensive tackle and tight end. He allowed just one sack in two seasons.

After transferring to Florida State University, Jones had to redshirt the 1995 season. As a junior in 1996, Jones started 11 games and the 1997 Sugar Bowl for the Seminoles and allowed one sack, subsequently earning Second-team All-ACC honors. He decided to forego his final year of college eligibility and entered the 1997 NFL Draft.[2]

Professional career

Walter Jones was drafted by the Seahawks sixth overall in the 1997 NFL Draft. He has started every game he has played in since his rookie season. Jones was a member of the 2005 Seahawks team that reached Super Bowl XL against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2006, Jones topped the list of the 101 best NFL players by the Sporting News.

Jones is a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and seven-time All-Pro. Jones is perhaps the best at his position in the NFL, as he paved the way for Shaun Alexander's early success and now clears the way for Julius Jones. From 1998 through 2000 he also helped Ricky Watters to achieve three consecutive 1,00-yard seasons for the Seahawks.

Walter Jones was recognized by John Madden as the best player in the NFL in 2004 in a broadcast. He has also recognized Walter Jones in numerous broadcasts as the best Left Tackle in the NFL and possibly the best of all time.

On October 28, 2009, Jones was placed on injured reserve by the Seahawks, effectively ending his season. In a press conference the same day, Jones stated his intention to play in 2010. [3]

References

  1. ^ "Jones on Pro-Football-Reference". rbref.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/J/JoneWa00.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-19.  
  2. ^ "FSU's Jones reportedly to enter NFL Draft". The Palm Beach Post. January 8, 1997.  
  3. ^ [1]seattlesportsinsider.com

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