Godspeed, James Jones, You Sweet Prince
Receiver James Jones was always one of my favorite players. Not necessarily for what he did on the field. He certainly had his moments, but Jones was never dominant.
It was more for what came out of his mouth. To say that James Jones kept things loose would probably be an understatement.
I remember when he was talking about his impending free agency after he almost single-handedly was the Green Bay Packers receiving corps in 2015.
“I’ve hit free agency twice and gotten the back end of the stick twice. Hopefully this time I get at least the middle.”
Man, I was pulling for him to get the middle. He did not.
James Jones would say what was on his mind. He would call out teammates if he needed to. This came in early 2016, when no one gave the Packers a shot at anything.
“We’ve got to get back to work,” Jones said. “We have everything we need in the locker room. We just need people to believe in each other and once we get it rolling, it’s going to be hard to stop us.”
James Jones gave no fucks about anything other than playing the game.
This is a dude that wore a mock turtleneck every week, regardless of whether it was hot as hell out.
Long live the mock!
That is, until he figured out he could wear a goddam hoodie under his jersey instead.
Long live the hoodie!
The NFL actually enacted a rule the season following Jones’ hoodie display that you couldn’t wear a hoodie. We know it as the James Jones rule.
So what did James Jones do? Went back to wearing the mock!
Jones went to camp with the Chargers in 2016. He’s in San Diego. It’s summer. The chick next to him is sweating her ass off. Must be 90 degrees. What is James Jones rocking?
The mock, of course.
James Jones is a national treasure. He is a Wisconsin treasure. He is a Green Bay Packers treasure.
And that isn’t to say he hasn’t contributed on the field. He led the league with 14 touchdowns in 2012. He had his best season, coming back to the Packers in 2015, with 890 yards, while averaging 17.8 per reception. He did that at age 31.
James Jones has officially retired today.
— James Jones (@89JonesNTAF) September 6, 2017
It isn’t over, however. We’re still going to be able to see JJ.
He’s taking a position with NFL Network.
And so, we say godspeed. You will always be the man as far as we are concerned, James Jones.