Monday night’s College Football National Championship Game is a decidedly southern affair, with South Carolina’s Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide taking the field for the final game of the season. But for Baltimore, there’s one recognizable name.
Former Gilman School star athlete Cyrus Jones is a cornerback for Alabama, and he wears his Baltimore pride on his wrist. USA Today has a gameday profile of Jones, complete with details on his wristband, which says “Baltimore” and “410.” Between talk of Baltimore’s grittiness and April’s unrest, Jones gives love to the kids who he played softball with growing up. He also talks about how people who live here identify with the stars that came from the city.
“Baltimore is a small place, but we know what type of talent that comes out of there,” Jones said. “It may not be like some of the bigger states like Texas or Florida, but we definitely take pride when somebody is doing well and representing the city to a higher standard.”
He also has a creative side and owns a selfie stick, according to this getting-to-know-you ESPN article.
As for when to watch Jones tonight, there will be many chances. He was named Defensive Player of the Game in Bama’s playoff win over Michigan State after a key interception at the goal line and a punt return for a touchdown. After tonight, the senior won’t be in a crimson uniform anymore, but is pretty active on Instagram.
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