Jacoby Jones grabs the SI cover

Joe Flacco got the Corvette, but Jacoby Jones gets the cover.

Sports Illustrated opted to place the man who could have been the game’s MVP on the front page of the Super Bowl XLVII issue.  Jones generated a Super Bowl-record 290 yards, with a 56-yard touchdown catch late in the first half and a 108-yard kickoff return to start the second half.

It made the New Orleans native one of the biggest stars of the biggest game, and it surely has Texans fans wondering what could have been if Jones hadn’t been cut.  Especially since Ravens coach John Harbaugh declared at his Monday press conference that the Ravens wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without Jones on the team.

So now he’s on the cover, and that’s something that will last a lot longer than the sports car into which Flacco will be trying to cram his six-foot, six-inch frame.

35 responses to “Jacoby Jones grabs the SI cover

  1. Flacco had a great game and I’m not going to argue with his winning the MVP award, but if it was up to me I would have given it to Jacoby Jones. He was electrifying both as a returner and as a receiver.

  2. Amazing what a difference a year makes, last year Jones was a playoff goat with the Texans, to being quite possibly a Super Bowl MVP. Gotta feel good for Jones after last season for him to have the post season he had.

  3. Big Flacco fan, but Jacoby was the MVP of this game. Beyond the second half return, those moves he made to turn that long reception into a TD were a thing of beauty.

  4. Without Jones we would not be calling the Raven SB champs. He got in the endzone on a under thrown Flacco pass and the Return was just sick!

  5. Shoot, I thought Ray Ray would be wearing his white suit with deer antlers, now that would sell the mag.

  6. The Ravens roster has a few former stand out Texans.

    Bernard Pollard
    Vonta Leach
    Jacoby Jones

    Really though, I can’t blame the Texans for cutting Jones. They tried and tried and he just could not seem to catch the football when it mattered for the Texans. His output in the return game had diminished too. They had no idea he would decide to show up and play for the Ravens.

    I’m still angry about them not paying Vonta Leach. He should still be a Texan right now. He wanted to stay but the team didn’t pay the man for his contribution.

  7. JJ should get some praise for his play. But knowing him, the DIVA he is; he is bitching and moaning he did not get MVP and a car. He is a subpar reciever, no hands, i think most would agree. He had a good game, that’s all. The dude only cares about himself.

  8. I bet the Texans wished they kept him for another year, dude was the difference maker in the Ravens SB run

  9. Trindon Holliday…Jacoby Jones. Advice to the Texans-the next time you think about letting someone go… DON’T

  10. Jacoby Jones should have been the MVP. I would argue that more than once Ravens receivers made Flacco look good.

  11. The Texans have let some pretty great players walk away but Jacoby asked to be released. For months after the 2011 season when the offseason was in full swing the Houston media wondered why Jacoby hadn’t been cut. They’d let RT Eric Winston go, RG Mike Brisiel had left in free agency, and Mario Williams got that monster contract, yet Jones remained.

    John McClain of the Houston Chronicle said that the Texans were very happy with Jones and weren’t planning on releasing him. After all he only muffed one kick all year(vs Ravens in Div Playoff Game).

    But still the media and fans looking for someone to blame scoffed at Jones. Finally Jones had his agent ask Rick Smith (Texans GM) for the Texans to release him so he could sign with another team. Smith reluctantly did so, but when a player doesn’t want to be here what can you do?

  12. baymac408 says:
    Feb 5, 2013 12:33 PM
    Big HOLD set him free.. Not to mention mugging David Akers .. Conspiracy no calls!!

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    couldn’t agree with you more. I am sure the thumb downs are from ravens fans. what a joke. This super bowl officiatin was actually worse than the Seahawks/Steelers super bowl. just awful

  13. As for Leach…. No one in Houston, most of all Rick SMith and Gary Kubiak wanted to lose Leach, but he was a cap casualty. He wanted way too much money and they didn’t have it to give. This was pre JJ Watt and they were prepping for the massive contract they thought they were going to have to give Mario Williams the next year and the restructuring they had just done in the previous offseason to Adre Johnson.

    Pollard was, and is, a great at the LOS type of safety but fairly bad in coverage. (He’s still pretty bad in coverage) But he hit hard and the fans loved him, but with the secondary being the weakest part of the team it was decided that he would go in favor of more of a corner back type of safety. IMHO… it worked… the Texans secondary was VASTLY better the next year.

    I still love B Pollard and I’m glad he got a ring. He still does a lot of Houston sports radio stuff.

  14. I don’t think many of you were there when the Ravens came to Houston. He was not even welcome to the city as a visitor. Disliked, dismissed, and good riddance. Do any of you Ravens fans kinda grimace every time he puts one of those balls on the ground, and picks it up real quick? If you don’t, you will. Soon. Good for you it worked out last Sunday! Congrats on the SB win!

  15. I remember when my all-time favorite receiver, Derrick Mason, was traded to the Texans. I regularly checked their message boards, and the fans down in Houston made no bones about it: “Hopefully, Mason’s got enough gas left in the tank to get Jacoby Jones off the field.”

    Um … What? Houston, we have a problem–and it’s not Jacoby Jones.

    -Titans Fan

  16. What an amazing pickup by Oz and Co. I mean they are just sensational at what they do. We are so lucky in Baltimore to have them leading our front office. Averaging a championship every eight years, wow! I love it! Go Ravens!

  17. Jacoby made big plays for the Ravens two years in a row. This year in the SB and last year when he muffed the return as a Texan. Maybe getting cut was the wakeup call he needed. Regardless, I am happy for the man. He did provide some exciting football in his earlier days with the Texans.

  18. coutre says: Feb 5, 2013 12:14 PM

    Not only did the Texans let go Jones, but they also let go Trindon Holliday who had a crazy good season w/the Broncos. O for 2 there…
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    Both sucked while playing for the Texans. Both needed a change of scenery. Glad they’re doing well, but I’m also glad they’re gone.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 5, 2013 2:20 PM

    The Texans have let some pretty great players walk away but Jacoby asked to be released. For months after the 2011 season when the offseason was in full swing the Houston media wondered why Jacoby hadn’t been cut. They’d let RT Eric Winston go, RG Mike Brisiel had left in free agency, and Mario Williams got that monster contract, yet Jones remained.
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    They were trying to trade him before his agent asked to release him – no one would take him. McClain was wrong when he said the team liked him and wanted to keep him, otherwise they wouldn’t have been actively trying to trade him. The muffed punt against the Ravens was just the icing on the cake – he had played horribly that entire season, especially when Andre went out.

  20. He was awesome. Jones deserved that cover and I am not a big Baltimore fan but I am a fan of his now. First time I heard of him and I think the cowboys cut him? wish the bengals had him. we can get in the playoffs but we have not won one playoff game since Marvin Lewis was coach. As I recall on playoff game pittsburgh guy on first play I think crushed Palmers leg. we had no quarter back. could of one that. probably had bounties then. anyway Jones won that game for them. If he wasn’t on the field I think sf would of won

  21. What an amazing pickup by Oz and Co. I mean they are just sensational at what they do. We are so lucky in Baltimore to have them leading our front office. Averaging a championship every eight years, wow! I love it! Go Ravens!

    8 years? try 12 years. Current ravens team the one that came from Cleveland won championship January 28th 2001 and Feb 3rd 2013 thats 12 years! nothing like the averages of the other top afc teams NE Pitts that may have only won championship 3 and 2 times but particpated more in afc championship game and in superbowl over that period 2001 to 2013. Sorry to say I definitley dont see ravens back in big game for quite awhile. either one of those two teams or a couple up and coming.

  22. So 17 years been in league we can agree on that . Only two Super Bowls they have been in. Enough said same 17 year span New England 6 Pittsburgh 4 Green Bay 3 New York 3. Ravens are a great franchise but aren’t there yet

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