For the first three years of his college career, Deion Jones served as a reserve linebacker. His senior year was his first game, but that was enough to get things right for him. The boy was impressive on his pro day, he had participated in many private training sessions and team visits, and it was expected that he would be in the third or fourth round of the selection. However, Deion shot himself into the second round after his improved performance in the drafting process. What kind of determination could that have been? Not many players were able to enter the league with such determination.
What exactly makes this guy so special? Maybe a look at his biography and family will tell you more previously unknown things about Debo.
Deion Jones’ Bio
The soccer player began his life as an infant, born on November 4, 1994, in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he also grew up with peers. When it was time for high school, Deion Jones was enrolled as a student at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he quickly signed up to join the Jesuit Bluejays football team, where he played the position of a middle linebacker.
By the time he ended his high school career, Deion had already recorded 179 tackles with 8 sacks and 3 interceptions, which helped the Jesuit Bluejays reach the quarter-finals of LHSAA Class 5A, but the boys from Carencro High School did not make it easy for the Jesuit Bluejays.
However, his impressive performance at the high school where he was a starter was good enough to make him number 31 in the 2012 Outside Linebacker ranking by Rivals.com. Deion committed to playing college football for the Fighting Tigers of Louisiana State University (LSU) after receiving a late offer from them in December 2011.
When he arrived at LSU to study sports administration and play soccer, he encountered the opposite turn of events from high school, as he was a back-up in his first three years with the Fighting Tigers as opposed to his three-year high school starting record. In his final year, when he finally started playing games, Deion Jones had a total of 100 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 good interceptions, a pick-six, 3 defended passes, and a forced fumble.
Jones attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he completed most of his drills. The boy was also present on LSU pro day where he showed excellent performances that improved his draft stick and profile. Deion also participated in private training events and had many team visits to the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles, the New Orleans Saints, the New York Jets, and the Indianapolis Colts.
His hard work and efforts paid off when the Atlanta Falcons voted him into the second round and 52nd place overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. On May 5, 2016, Jones signed a four-year $4.54 million contract that included a signing bonus of $1.50 million and a $2.16 million guarantee.
At “The Dirty Birds,” where he competed with veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow for the starting position as a linebacker, it turned out that Paul became more of a mentor to Deion than a competition, and to this day he continues to give him credit for the success he had in the cradle of his professional career.
By the end of his rookie season, the Jesuit Bluejays and Fighting Tigers of the LSU prodigy had 108 combined tackles for him and his team, with 75 solos, 11 passing shots, 3 interceptions, and 2 touchdowns from 15 games, from which he started 13.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the footballer with the spirit of immortality started the 2017 NFL season as Starting Middle Linebacker after Paul Worrilow joined the Detroit Lions. Deion Jones ended his second professional season with improved 138 combined tackles with 98 solos, 10 passing shots, and 3 interceptions.
Deion’s parents are Cal and Tahona Jones (sitting to his left and right in the picture above) and a sister named Cassidy (which he wears). His father actually named him Deion after the former corner keeper of the Atlanta Falcons, Deion Sanders.
Perhaps this was for good reasons at his birth because after he was drafted into the National Football League, Deion converted his otherwise devout New Orleans Saints family to love the Atlanta Falcons. While the rivalry between the Saints and the Falcons continues to rage elsewhere, it is already settled in Deion’s family, as they are all pro-Atlanta Falcons.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
The footballer stands at a height of 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in), where he weighs 103 kg (227 lb). He has an arm length of 32 3/8 in (0.82 m), while his hand size is 9 1/4 in (0.23 m).