Marvin Jones
Tulsa Oilers
Position:Head Coach
Personal information
Born: (1972-06-28) June 28, 1972 (age 50)
Miami, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Northwestern
(Miami, Florida)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:1,021
Sacks:9
Forced fumbles:9
Interceptions:5
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Marvin Maurice Jones (born June 28, 1972) is an American former professional football player who was a middle linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. Jones played college football for the Florida State Seminoles and was recognized as an All-American twice. He was drafted in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New York Jets and he played his entire professional career for the Jets. In 2018, Jones was the head coach for the Cedar Rapids Titans in the Indoor Football League (IFL) and served as head coach of the Omaha Beef in the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) from 2020-2022. Beginning in 2023, Jones will be the head coach of the IFL's Tulsa Oilers.[1]

Early years

Marvin Jones was born in Miami, Florida.[2] He graduated from Miami Northwestern High School,[3] where he played high school football for the Northwestern Bulls.

College career

While attending Florida State University (FSU), Jones played for coach Bobby Bowden's Seminoles team from 1990 to 1992. The Seminoles finished 10–2 in 1991 and 11–1 in 1992, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship in the latter, Florida State's first season in the league. Jones was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in both 1991 and 1992, and won the Rotary Lombardi Award and was honored by Sporting News as its College Football Player of the Year in 1992. He decided to forgo his remaining college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. The Seminoles inducted him into the FSU Hall of Fame in 2000.[4] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of its 2022 class.[5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
6 ft 1+18 in
(1.86 m)
237 lb
(108 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
All values from NFL Combine[6]

The New York Jets selected Jones in the first round, fourth overall pick, of the 1993 NFL Draft,[7] and he played for the Jets from 1993 to 2003.[8] Nicknamed "Shade Tree" by his teammates, Jones recorded a career high 137 tackles in 2001.[8] In eleven seasons, Jones played in 142 NFL regular season games, started 129 of them, and compiled 1,021 tackles, nine sacks, five interceptions for 42 yards, 31 pass deflections, ten forced fumbles, and eight fumble recoveries.[8]

Jones signed a one-day contract with the Jets to retire following the 2004 season.

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
1993 NYJ 9 26 20 6 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1994 NYJ 15 85 59 26 0.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1995 NYJ 10 90 58 32 1.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1996 NYJ 12 103 75 28 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 NYJ 16 126 86 40 3.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
1999 NYJ 16 91 68 23 1.0 1 1 0 1 15 15 15 0 5
2000 NYJ 16 133 100 33 1.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2001 NYJ 16 135 95 40 1.0 2 1 0 3 27 9 18 0 5
2002 NYJ 16 109 76 33 0.0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
2003 NYJ 16 118 74 44 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Career 142 1,016 711 305 9.0 10 8 0 5 42 8 18 0 30

[9]

Coaching career

Jones was the linebackers coach of the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League in 2014.[10] He was the interim head coach for the Colorado Crush of the Indoor Football League (IFL) in 2017. He initially took the defensive coordinator position with the Richmond Roughriders of the American Arena League for the 2018 season,[11] but was named the head coach of the Cedar Rapids Titans of the IFL in January 2018 prior to either 2018 season beginning.[12] Jones went on to become the Defensive Coordinator of the Omaha Beef and later became the interim Head Coach for the Beef in 2019. The Omaha Beef shortly after the 2019 Champions Indoor Football season removed the interim tag and named Jones Head Coach.[13] After a cancelled 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones and the Beef won the sixth Champions Bowl and the team's first ever league title.[14]

On September 14, 2022, the Tulsa Oilers announced that Jones would be their head coach for the Oilers' inaugural 2023 season.[1]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CRT 2019 3 11 0 .214 5th
OMA 2021 7 4 0 .636 2nd 2 0 1.000 Champions Bowl VI champions
OMA 2022 7 3 0 .700 T–2nd [to be determined] [to be determined] [to be determined] [to be determined]
Total 17 18 0 .486 2 0 1.000

Personal life

Jones started the Marvin Jones Charitable Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting and motivating youth towards success by engaging them in positive experiences through academics, community involvement and sports.[15]

Jones holds a B.S in Sociology from Charter Oak State College, and diplomas in counseling and herbal medicine from the Institute of Natural Healing. He lives in Fort Myers, Florida.

References

  1. ^ a b "Oilers Name Marvin Jones as First Head Coach in Franchise History". OurSportsCentral.com. September 14, 2022. Retrieved September 14, 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Marvin Jones. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  3. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Marvin Jones Archived March 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  4. ^ FSU Hall of Fame, Football, Marvin Jones Archived September 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  5. ^ Nebel, Maddox (January 7, 2022). "Florida State linebacker set to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame". Sports Illustrated.
  6. ^ "Marvin Jones, Combine Results, ILB - Florida State". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  7. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Marvin Jones. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  9. ^ "Marvin Jones Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  10. ^ Brown, Jake (November 9, 2014). "Marvin Jones on the Jets, Brooklyn Bolts". sportstalk1240.com. Archived from the original on October 6, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  11. ^ "Roughriders sign Florida State Seminoles Football Legend and New York Jets All Pro Linebacker, Marvin Jones, as the Defensive Coordinator". richmondroughriders.com. Archived from the original on November 26, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  12. ^ "FORMER ALL PRO NFL LINEBACKER NAMED TITANS HEAD COACH". Cedar Rapids Titans. January 3, 2018.
  13. ^ Reporter, Justin Golba Sports. "Omaha beef excited for new season with new personnel". Omaha.com. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  14. ^ Sherwood, Dylan (July 18, 2021). "Andrew Jackson, Tyler Jones help Omaha Beef edge Salina Liberty in Champions Bowl". Salinas Journal.
  15. ^ Charity.com, Children & Youth,Marvin Jones Charitable Foundation Archived March 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 16, 2012.