Today, the Baltimore Ravens brought back former Ravens wide receiver and return specialist, Jacoby Jones. The Ravens signed Jones to a one-day contract, in order for him to officially retire from football as a member of the Ravens. Jones joined the Ravens in 2012 and played a key role in Baltimore’s Super Bowl run that year. Jones consistently made big plays for the Ravens in the playoffs of the 2012 – 2013 season. In the divisional round game against the Denver Broncos, Jones caught a hail mary pass with just seconds left in what became known as the “Mile High Miracle”. Baltimore advanced on to meet with New England in the AFC Championship, who they defeated 28-13. In the Super Bowl, Jones came up big for Baltimore again. He tied an NFL record for the longest kick return touchdown, at 108 yards, and scored another touchdown through the air.
Jacoby Jones was one of my favorite players when he played for the Ravens. He always played with passion and a fiery spirit. It felt like every time he was back to return a kick or punt, something magical was about to happen. Jones was a fan favorite in Baltimore, but the Ravens could not hold on to him forever. In 2014, Jacoby Jones had the worst year in his career, with only 9 receptions for 131 yards. He also muffed kickoffs many times and seemed to have lost his touch.
The Ravens released Jones in the offseason following the 2014 season. He then went on to spend some time with the San Diego Chargers, and Pittsburg Steelers. After 2015, Jones was not picked up by any other NFL teams. Instead, he signed with the Monterrey Steel in 2017, a National Arena League team. Jacoby Jones chose to retire as a Baltimore Raven. It’s very fitting for a player who was loved so much by the fanbase, and who loved the fanbase just as much.
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