Baltimore Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones, who capped his two-touchdown Super Bowl XLVII performance with slick post-score end-zone moves, gets another chance to dazzle a national audience on ABC-TV’s “Dancing With The Stars.”
Jones, the latest high-profile pro athlete to appear on the popular reality show, is to make his debut March 18.
In its 16 seasons on the air, “Dancing With The Stars” has featured several pro football players, including former Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver Hines Ward and former Cincinnati Bengals star receiver Chad Johnson, once known as Chad Ocho Cinco.
But none of those athletes matched the steps Jones has become famous for, especially during his tenure with the Ravens. After each touchdown during the 2012-13 season, he showcased a new routine.
While some critics have suggested that Jones’ end-zone celebrations amount to showboating, the six-year pro insists that’s far from the case.
He has told reporters that he simply does it to stay loose from the tension that builds up during big games and to provide more entertainment for Ravens fans.
“When I first came to Baltimore, [Ravens head coach] John Harbaugh told me to just do me,” Jones told NFL Network. “He said no matter what, just be me. And I said, ‘Say no more!’”
During a recent interview with NFL Network, Jones was asked if he was more deserving of the Super Bowl MVP trophy than Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who took the honor after throwing three touchdowns with no turnovers in the Feb. 4 championship game. Many NFL analysts have argued in favor of Jones because of his huge impact in the game, but a humble Jones quickly dismissed the notion.
“No [I shouldn’t have been named Super Bowl MVP],” Jones said. “I just played my role. I did my job like I’m supposed to do. When they call your number, you have to show up and play your role.”
Jones also knows that those high moments of triumph are the other side of dark times. He still remembers his despair as a Houston Texan in the 2011-12 season when he fumbled on a punt return against the Baltimore Ravens during a playoff game. The turnover was a factor in the Texans’ season-ending loss to the Ravens and probably why the Houston team released him.
Jones, 28, was a three-sport letterman at Marion Abramson High School in New Orleans before graduating from Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. He was a 2007 third round draft pick of the Houston Texans. He played with Houston five years before signing with the Ravens in 2012.
“I’m taking this moment all in stride because last year, I was one of the most hated people in football,” Jones said. “People were burning my jersey, and sending me death threats on Twitter. But then this year, I win the Super Bowl. So I love every bit of it and it makes me just want to do it again.”