In this series, we’ll be highlighting a different player from the New York Jets’ storied past. Today, we take a look at linebacker Marvin Jones.
One of the most productive linebackers in Jets history, Marvin Jones followed up a prolific college career with a decade of quality play in the NFL.
The No. 4 overall pick in the 1993 NFL draft, Jones was a two-time consensus All-American at Florida State (1991, 1992). His incredible 1992 season with the Seminoles included winning the Butkus Award (nation’s top linebacker) and the Lombardi Award (best player in college football, combining performance, leadership, character and resiliency).
After the Jets made him a top-five selection, Jones saw action in just nine games as a rookie, but he became a full-time starter the following season and never looked back.
Though injuries would cause him to miss a handful of games over the next few seasons, Jones would start all 16 games for the Jets in each of his final six seasons.
Jones spent all 10 of his NFL seasons with the Gang Green, and despite putting up huge numbers on multiple occasions, he was never voted to the Pro Bowl nor named an All-Pro.
A tackling machine for the Jets, Jones tallied at least 86 stops in nine of his 10 seasons, topping 100 tackles in six of them. In 2000, Jones posted a career-high 135 tackles and nine tackles for loss.
Jones would finish his career with 725 career solo tackles, the third-most in franchise history, trailing only Kyle Clifton and Mo Lewis.