OT Jones, 2-time champ with Broncos, dies at 54

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  • Jeff LegwoldESPN Senior Author


    • Lined Broncos for nine years for Denver Post and Rocky Mountain Info
    • Beforehand lined Steelers, Funds and Titans
    • Member of Legitimate Soccer Hall of Popularity Board

      of Selectors since 1999

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Tony Jones, a starting contend with on two of the Denver Broncos‘ championship groups, has died, the team announced Friday. He became as soon as 54.

Jones, who started at good contend with in the Broncos’ procure in Tidy Bowl XXXII and commenced at left contend with when the team won Tidy Bowl XXXIII the following year, played 13 seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Broncos after he entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 1988.

Is named “T-Bone” to his Broncos teammates, he spent the final four years of his occupation with the Broncos, retiring after he started 16 games in the 2000 season at age 34.

“We misplaced a immense man,” mature teammate Rod Smith posted on Twitter. “Precise occurred to be a hell of a ball playa. We indulge in you and cross over you Bone. One amongst the Broncos’ all time only tackles. Splendid dresser of ALL TIME!”

Ed McCaffrey, one other mature teammate on the Broncos, known as Jones “a immense teammate and an supreme looking out man,” and Hall of Famer Steve Atwater, who also played on these two Tidy Bowl groups, said Jones became as soon as “a immense teammate” with “good essentially the most sharp young individuals.”

Atwater also said Friday evening that just about the total avid gamers on these Broncos groups assemble continued to end in contact with one one other and that “all individuals is hurting on this.”

The Broncos, believing they had been poised to rebound from a playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars to complete the 1996 season, traded a second-spherical defend to the Ravens in 1997 to manufacture Jones.

In Tidy Bowl XXXII, at good contend with, he held Hall of Famer Reggie White with out a sack and to 1 contend with overall as the Broncos rushed for 179 yards and Hall of Famer Terrell Davis became as soon as named the game’s MVP.

After Gary Zimmerman, also a Hall of Famer, retired before the 1998 season, Jones moved to left contend with and commenced every game on the model to a Legitimate Bowl preference as the Broncos went on to procure a second consecutive title.

Jones became as soon as named to the Broncos’ High 100 team in 2019.

In a social media post, mature Bengals contend with Willie Anderson known as Jones “a immense dad, good friend, offensive contend with, trainer and coach.”

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