Jones was a former third round pick of the Giants who had a very impressive baseball career as a pitcher at LSU. He helped the Tigers win the 2009 College World Series.
Jones’ football career was derailed when he crashed his SUV into a light pole in New Orleans and almost lost his leg. He attempted a remarkable comeback, but was released by the Giants in May of 2012. He was able to run a 4.84 forty-yard dash during his rehab.
Jones played baseball at LSU too, hitting .343 with a home run and six RBI in 18 games as a junior. He also pitched in nine games, allowing four hits and striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings while posting a 2.70 ERA. His finest moment on the mound came in the championship game of the College World Series in 2009, when he threw 1 2/3 perfect innings against Texas.
Jones – who was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 50th round shortly after the Giants took him in the NFL draft — said he always believed he could’ve made the majors as an outfielder or a pitcher. But in an interview shortly after the Giants drafted him, Jones said “When I weighed out my options, the No. 1 thing was what I love more, what I would love to do more in my life. I chose football. It wasn’t that hard of a decision. I know I made the right one.”