From Sports Director Mark Berman of the FOX 26 in Houston comes an interesting story regarding Texans receiver Jacoby Jones.
As it turns out, the fourth-year player once received feedback regarding his NFL prospects from Nick Saban and from Denzel Washington. And one of them was very, very wrong.
“The last year that he had gone to one of his camps he gets this award or
certificate that talks about his skills and techniques, but Nick Saban
told him, ‘You have great ability and you have great skills as an
athlete, but you’re too small. You will never play professional
football,’” Emily Jones told FOX 26. “That stayed with Jacoby and made it a goal for him to be successful.”
Later, when Jones played at Lane College, his team faced Morehouse College. John David Washington, the son of Denzel Washington, played for Morehouse. And Denzel was there for the game.
“At the end of the game Denzel Washington called Jacoby over to him and said, ‘Son I expect to see you on Sunday,’” Emily Jones said. “When
Jacoby came back over to me I said, ‘Jacoby what did he want’? He said, he expects to see me on Sunday. I said, ‘What does that mean’?
said, ‘To play professional football.’ I said, ‘Son, are you that good’?
He said, ‘I guess so mom. I don’t know. I just love to play football.’”
So now that Jones has made it into the NFL and has stuck around for three full seasons, what does Emily Jones have to say to Saban?
“Eat your words,” she said. “Look at where he is today.”
It’s not nearly as strong a message as others would like to convey to Saban, but it’s not bad.