I remember watching Greg Jones as a high school running back at Battery Creek High School in Beaufort, SC.
I remember watching Greg Jones as a running back at Florida State University.
I now remember Greg Jones as a former Jacksonville Jaguars fullback, now a member of the Houston Texans.
Something tells me the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to remember Greg Jones as well.
As a the former blocking back for Maurice Jones-Drew and now the newest former teal and black member who has left the confines of North Florida for the possibility of a playoff run and more importantly, a Super Bowl berth, Jones made the right decision.
Forget about loyalty and forget about staying close to home. This is the NFL, home of the reality of a short career and the draw of a championship ring weighing more than anything else beside the smell of money.
According to the Florida Times-Union, the contracts that were offered by the Texans and the Jaguars were about even in their terms and conditions. Jones, who in my opinion could have been a great lead runner in this league, wanted to go where he knew the grass was greener.
And there is nothing wrong with that.
Players must take advantage of their big time plans. Jones is a nine-year veteran of the NFL. All those years played on mediocre teams in Jacksonville, blocking the majority of the time for one of the league’s best runners in Maurice Jones-Drew. Now, he has a chance to block for another explosive runner in Arian Foster.
Sometimes, all guys have all the luck.
Jacksonville is in a state of change, rebuild and revitalization. While someone like Brad Meester wanted to come back and take a pay cut to do so, Jones wanted to be appreciated for his work. There is nothing wrong with it.
I will remember Jones as one of the toughest players to ever put on a Jaguars’ uniform. I will remember Jones as one of the most beloved players in a Jaguars’ uniform. And I will remember Jones as the player who did nothing any other player with his tenure in the league would do -- take the same job with more opportunity.
It’s seriously the same thing we all would do.
Hopefully, the Jaguars will remember that as well.