One of the most beloved fan favorites, former wide receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday and will return to the Under Armour Performance Center at 1pm on Friday to make it official, according to an article by Ryan Mink of Baltimoreravens.com.
Jones only spent three years with the Ravens but they were memorable! He signed with the Ravens on May 8, 2012 after being released from the Houston Texans on May 1, 2012. He made an immediate impact. During Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys, he returned a kickoff for 108 yards, which tied the NFL record and earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. In November of the same year, he returned a 105-yard kickoff during Week 9 the Oakland Raiders and became the first player to return two kicks for more than 105 yards in a season. During Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he returned a 63-yard punch for a touchdown, which was the first time a Raven returned a punt for a touchdown against the Steelers. The man was on fire!
No one can forget the “Mile High Miracle.” It was January 12, 2013; the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Denver Broncos. Jones caught a 70-yard touchdown pass with about 30 seconds left in double-overtime! Talk about a memorable play!
Nor can anyone forget Super Bowl XLVII. Jones became the first NFL player to score both a return touchdown and receiving touchdown in the Super Bowl. He returned a 109-yard kickoff for a touchdown, making this the longest play in Super Bowl history.
In 2013 during Week 13 against the Pittsburg Steelers, Jones returned a kick-off and was sprinting along the sideline when Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin “mistakenly” stepped on the field right in front of Jones, causing him to side-step and get tackled. There were several funny social media memes of Coach Tomlin for months!
During that same year, Jones appeared on Dancing with the Stars, finishing in third place. With all his funny expressions, he actually danced pretty good!
Unfortunately, due to diminished productivity, Jones was released from the Ravens on February 25, 2015. From there, he bounced around the league, playing with the San Diego Chargers, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Monterrey Steel, a team from the National Arena League. He was never able to imitate the same feats on the turf with his other teams.
Jones has a well-liked personality and became an instant hit with his victory dances in the end zone and working with cancer kids in the community. He will always be remembered as a Raven.