PRO: The Titans signed Ben Jones early in the 2016 free agency period to bring veteran leadership and experience to the center position and he provided just that in his two campaigns with the club. The 6-foot-3-inch, 308-pounder was originally selected by the Houston Texans in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. The University of Georgia product is a versatile player, having started contests at center and both guard spots in his first four seasons with the Texans.
• Jones has started games at center, left guard and right guard during his NFL career and has opened holes for three 1,000-yard rushers.
• In 2016, Jones centered all 16 games in his first campaign with the Titans and was a part of an offensive front that blocked for the NFL’s third-ranked rushing attack which averaged 136.7 rush yards per game.
• In 2015, Jones transitioned to his natural position of center and started all 16 games and the playoff contest for the Texans.
• In 2014, Jones started all 16 contests at left guard.
• As a rookie in 2012, Jones started the final 10 games of the season at right guard and was named the Texans Rookie of the Year.
• Jones switched from jersey #61 to #60 prior to his senior season at Georgia, to honor his father, Steve, a former collegiate star, who was killed in a helicopter crash when he was 10 years old.
• Jones’ pregame ritual consists of walking barefoot on the field “to get a feel for the turf.” The routine began before one game with his brother in high school and after enjoying success that night, it has continued ever since.
• When he was 10 years old, Jones suffered a blow to the head with a baseball bat. The impact caused a blood clot to develop on his brain and fractured his skull. The injury kept him out of all athletic activity for a year, proving to be a challenging time for an active and athletic boy. Although it was a tough period in his life, Ben says this time turned him into the man he is today. As soon as he was cleared for activities, Jones threw himself into being the best athlete he could be.
• In 2017, Jones established The Jones Mission Fund at The Community Foundation to provide at-risk youth with opportunities they might otherwise not have through grants, additional resources and educational opportunities.
• During the past two offseasons, Jones and his wife, Alex, have hosted the Ben Jones Celebrity Clay Shoot. The two events raised more than $182,000.
• Jones’ brother, Clay, played baseball for the University of Alabama and then was drafted by the Detroit Tigers.
• A native of Brent, Ala., Jones was originally selected by the Houston Texans in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
• Signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent on March 10, 2016.
• Finished his collegiate career ranked third in Georgia history with 49 starts.
• Was a two-time All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches and four-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week during his career. Was named to Georgia’s Team of the Decade.
• As a senior (2011), earned All-SEC first-team honors and was rated the nation’s second-best center in the draft by The NFL Draft Report. Named second-team All-SEC honoree by the Associated Press, Phil Steele and the league’s coaches for his senior season.
• In his final collegiate season, served as a team captain and started all 14 games at center.
• As a junior (2010), appeared in 13 games making 12 starts. Earned All-SEC second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report.
• As a sophomore (2009), started all 13 games and was named All-SEC second-team by the league’s coaches.
• As a freshman (2008), appeared in 13 games making 10 starts at center and was selected a Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC. Named Freshman All-American first-team by College Football News, adding second-team honors from The Sporting News and Phil Steele.
• Member of the fall 2009 Georgia Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
• Majored in Health & Physical Education at Georgia.
• Married to Alex, and the couple lives in Nashville.
• Attended Bibb County High School in Centreville, Ala., where he earned Super Prep All-Dixie Team, Prep Star All-Southeast Region and Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A first-team All-State honors as a senior.
• Was a standout first baseman and pitcher on Bibb County’s baseball team, where in 2007 he was selected to the Tuscaloosa News West Alabama Baseball All-Star squad. Had a .345 career batting average and collected a school-record 48 RBI in 2007.
• Follow Jones on Instagram at @jones60ben.
• Born Ben Jones on July 2, 1989 in Birmingham, Ala.