Tony Jones, two-time Tremendous Bowl champion with Broncos who additionally performed for Browns and Ravens, dies at 54


Tony Jones, a former NFL offensive lineman who received two Tremendous Bowls with the Denver Broncos, has died on the age of 54. The Broncos confirmed Jones’ dying Friday night. 

An NFL lineman from 1988-2000, Jones spent his first eight seasons with the Cleveland Browns earlier than transferring with the workforce to Baltimore in 1996. After one season with the Ravens, Jones spent his remaining 4 seasons in Denver. With Jones as their beginning proper deal with, the 1997 Broncos received the franchise’s first Tremendous Bowl. The next season, Jones and the Broncos repeated as champions. A Professional Bowler in the course of the 1998 season after transferring to left deal with, Jones remained within the beginning lineup throughout his remaining two seasons. 

“We misplaced a fantastic man,” former Broncos receiver Rod Smith wrote by way of Instagram. “Simply occurred to be a hell of a ball playa. We love you and miss you Bone. One of many Broncos all time finest tackles. biggest dresser of ALL-TIME!”

A member of the Broncos’ Prime 100 Staff, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Jones was a part of a small however proficient offensive line in Denver that additionally included fellow deal with Gary Zimmerman, guards Mark Schlereth and Brian Habib, and middle Tom Nalen. The Broncos’ line helped carve out a Corridor of Fame profession for operating again Terrell Davis, who took residence MVP honors following Denver’s upset win over the defending champion Packers in Tremendous Bowl XXXII. The next season, Davis received league MVP honors after dashing for two,008 yards. In Tremendous Bowl XXXIII, Jones’ safety of John Elway’s blindside helped Elway win MVP honors in what was the ultimate sport of his Corridor of Fame profession. 

Throughout his remaining two seasons, Jones blocked for 1,000-yard backs Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson. In 1994, Jones was tabbed as a second-team All-Professional whereas serving to the Browns advance to the divisional spherical of the playoffs. 

Jones began in 174 of his 184 common season appearances. He additionally began in 12 of his 13 playoff video games. 

“He was an incredible man, a heck of a pleasant man,” Corridor of Fame security Steve Atwater instructed the Broncos’ web site. “Nice soccer participant — imply, nasty. That is the sort of man that you simply need to go to battle with if you are going to battle. And we have been actually good pals. We lived in the identical neighborhood after we lived in Georgia — lived down in Sugarloaf down there. We had a reasonably good friendship. … He and one different good friend of mine, we obtained lunch somewhat bit earlier than I moved from Atlanta, took me out to lunch. I all the time bear in mind how good of a man he was, how nice he was together with his youngsters. A very good man, man.”



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