Thomas Jones

Thomas Quinn Jones (born August 19, 1978 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia) is an American football running back for the New York Jets. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals seventh overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia. Jones has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears. He is the older brother of Seattle Seahawks' running back Julius Jones. Jones' mother, Betty, worked midnight to morning shift in a Virginia coal mine for nearly 20 years while raising seven children, including Thomas's younger brother, Julius Jones. His father encouraged the children to learn five new words per day and made them read the front page of the newspaper before the sports section. He credits his parents with instilling a strong work ethic and ambition to overcome obstacles. While playing for Powell Valley High School, in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, he led the team to back-to-back state championships in 1994 and 1995. He still holds the VHSL record for the most rushing yards in a season with 3,319. He broke his late uncle Edd Clark's single game rushing record in 1994, but that has since been broken twice. He also was tied with the most career



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