The NFL will celebrate its brightest stars of today and tomorrow with new Pro Bowl week festivities in 2017 in Orlando.
Culminating with the 2017 Pro Bowl game at Camping World Stadium on Sunday, January 29 and televised live at 7 PM CT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, Pro Bowl week will celebrate all levels of football -- from youth to high school to the NFL's best.
The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format following three years using a revised, "unconferenced" format. The NFL's best will once again be in the spotlight as 88 players -- 44 from the AFC and 44 from the NFC -- are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches.
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PRO: Jason Jones stands out as one of the most promising and imposing young Titans defenders. The former second-round draft choice was a significant contributor in his rookie season, totaling five sacks in 2008, and was well on his way to furthering his progress before a shoulder injury derailed his second campaign. With two full NFL offseasons under his belt to add strength to his 6-foot-5-inch frame, Jones is primed to raise his level of play in 2010.
• In 2009, Jones tied for third on the team with four sacks despite being limited to seven games due to a shoulder injury.
• As a rookie in 2008, Jones’ five sacks ranked fourth in the NFL among all defensive tackles and was the top number among rookie defensive linemen.
• In a game against Pittsburgh during his rookie season (12/21/08), Jones recorded the best single-game sack total by a Titans player since 1993. He totaled 3.5 sacks, a half-sack shy of the franchise record and the most since William Fuller’s four sacks against Pittsburgh on Nov. 28, 1993. Jones also forced two fumbles against the Steelers.
• The former All-MAC performer began his collegiate career at Eastern Michigan as a tight end before shifting to defensive tackle in his sophomore season.
• Jones was raised in an athletic family. His brother, Brian, played basketball at the University of Detroit Mercy and his other brother, Michael, played football at Alabama State.
• Jones’ other brother, Jamar, works at the White House as a Secret Service uniformed police officer.
• The Detroit, Mich., native was selected by the Titans in the second round (54th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
• In 45 games for Eastern Michigan Eagles, started 33 times on defense and three times on offense. He collected 175 tackles with 14 sacks and ranked second in school history with 50 stops for losses.
• As senior (2007), received third-team All-American and first-team All-MAC honors. Played in all 12 games with 11 starts and finished fourth on the team with 70 tackles. Tied for seventh in the NCAA with a career-high 19.5 stops for losses. Added 10 quarterback pressures, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble while breaking up three passes and blocking a kick.
• As junior (2006), turned in one of the best defensive efforts in the nation, recording 18.5 tackles for losses of 71 yards to rank fifth nationally in that category. Named EMU’s Most Valuable Player and chosen second-team All-Mid-American Conference at defensive lineman. Started in all 11 games in which he played, missing only one game with leg injury. Recorded 57 tackles to rank sixth on the team and notched four sacks for losses of 31 yards and two forced fumbles.
• As sophomore (2005), started all 11 games on defensive line and responded with 47 total tackles. Finished second on the team in both tackles for loss with 12 for 56 yards and in sacks with 6.5 for 45 yards.
• As freshman (2004), one of six 2004 recruits that saw action during the season. Began season at tight end before moving to the defensive line midway through the 2004 campaign. Caught four passes for 12 yards. Played in all 11 games with three starts at tight end.
• Majored in business management.
• Single, splits time between Nashville and Detroit, Mich.
• Attended Lathrup (Southfield, Mich.) High School and enjoyed an outstanding prep career as a football and basketball player. He was named first-team All-Oakland Athletic Association as a senior, recording 27 tackles, six sacks, four forced fumbles and seven interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 395 yards and eight touchdowns as a receiver. The Detroit News named him the 44th-best player on the Blue Chip list in the state of Michigan, as he also added All-Metro North honors.
• Started as a junior and senior on the school’s basketball team. Led the hoops squad to the Class A regionals in 2003-04 after averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. He was chosen Most Valuable Player in the Motor City Roundball Classic, as he also garnered third-team Class A All-State pick as well as a first-team All-Metro North recognition.
• Has three brothers, Jamar, Brian and Micheal. His mother, Gloria, graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy.
• Volunteered to read to elementary school children on Fridays while at Eastern Michigan.
• List of favorites: (movies) “Paid in Full” and “Gone Baby Gone”; (TV Shows) “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Martin”; (actor) Denzel Washington; (music artist) Lil’ Wayne; (school subject) organizational behavior; (car) Cadillac Escalade; (video game) “Call of Duty 4”; (food) chicken; (sports hero) Michael Jordan; (pro sports team) L.A. Lakers.
• Born Jason Duane Jones on May 23, 1986 in Detroit, Mich.