A key piece of the Ravens’ 2013 Super Bowl squad returned to Baltimore today to officially end his career as a member of the flock.
Jacoby Jones joined general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh onstage for a retirement ceremony at the Under Armour Performance Center training facility in Tide Point. Harbaugh and Newsome talked through their favorite memories of working with the former wide receiver and return specialist who spent three pivotal years of his nine-year NFL career in Baltimore.
Harbaugh recounted one of Jones’ signature full-field kickoff return touchdowns from a 2013 game against the Minnesota Vikings. Newsome sang his praises from his performance in Super Bowl XLVII, where he scored two touchdowns, including a record-setting 108-yard kickoff return.
“Jacoby, in the biggest game on the biggest stage, had his best game in his hometown, and that’s surreal,” he said.
Jones thanked all of his previous employers – the Houston Texas, who drafted him in 2007 and kept him for five years, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers, who both signed him for parts of his final NFL season in 2015. “But mostly this organization,” Jones gushed, “‘cause when they took me in, first thing I heard was, ‘be yourself, just don’t get in trouble.’”
“I said, ‘I got you.'”
Jones shined in Baltimore, logging some of his best seasons here and earning the love and respect of the hometown fans. He helped the Ravens to their second-ever Super Bowl and another playoff run before the team decided to cut him in February 2015.
After a season of limited play as a punt and kick returner with the Chargers and Steelers, he was released in early 2016. His last job was this year with the National Arena League’s Monterrey Steel.
Jones attributed some major life lessons to his time with the Ravens. One of them: “If you can be yourself, you can play the best ball you can.”
He fondly recalled being able to walk around downtown and feel a sense of community. People would slam on the brakes and honk or shout at him, he said. “It’s love.”
Click here to watch Jones’ full retirement ceremony from today.