Clinton Jones
No. 26
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1945-05-24) May 24, 1945 (age 78)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Cathedral Latin
(Chardon, Ohio)
College:Michigan State (1964–1966)
NFL Draft:1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:2,178
Rushing average:3.6
Rushing touchdowns:20
Receiving yards:431
Player stats at · PFR

Clinton Jones (born 24 May 1945)[1] is an American former professional football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Minnesota Vikings and the San Diego Chargers. He played college football for the Michigan State Spartans and was drafted by the Vikings in the first round (2nd overall) of the 1967 NFL/AFL draft.

College career

After his graduation from Cathedral Latin School in Cleveland, Ohio, Jones spent his college years at Michigan State University. He finished sixth in voting for the 1966 Heisman Award, the Michigan State Spartans second year in a row as national champions. He is featured in the documentary Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, written and directed by Gene Washington's daughter, Maya Washington.

College statistics

NFL career

Jones was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1967 NFL Draft. The pick used to draft Jones was one received by the Vikings from the New York Giants in exchange for the quarterback Fran Tarkenton.

Jones spent six seasons, 1967 to 1972, with Minnesota before moving on to the San Diego Chargers for one last season in 1973.

Clint Jones is a member of The Pigskin Club Of Washington, D.C., and National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.

On January 9, 2015, Jones was named to the College Football Hall Of Fame.[3]

His professional career highs were:

Later years

He was one of the fifteen plaintiffs in Mackey v. National Football League in which Judge Earl R. Larson declared that the Rozelle rule was a violation of antitrust laws on December 30, 1975.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2006-03-08.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Clinton Jones College Stats".
  3. ^ "Clinton Jones Elected to College Football Hall of Fame - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  4. ^ Wallace, William N. "Rozelle Rule Found In Antitrust Violation," The New York Times, Wednesday, December 31, 1975. Retrieved December 12, 2023.
  5. ^ Mackey v. National Football League, 407 F. Supp. 1000 (D. Minn. 1975) – Retrieved December 12, 2023.