You can say that former NFL running back Thomas Jones had a decent NFL career. He did make a Pro Bowl in 2008 and had consecutive seasons where he rushed for more than 1,000 yards.
Jones played 12 seasons in the NFL for multiple teams. When his football career was over, he went out to pursue another career. Instead of dodging tackles and running people over, Jones was in front of the camera as an actor.
Jones’ career in the NFL
The first team that Jones played for was the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals drafted Jones in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft. He was the seventh overall pick. Jones spent three seasons in Arizona, and he only played one full season because he dealt with injuries during his time there. In three seasons, he rushed for 1,264 yards and nine touchdowns.
After his time in Arizona, Jones spent one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones did not suffer any injuries in his one season in Tampa Bay. He was not the go-to running back only starting in three games, but he did play in all 16 games of the regular season. Jones rushed for 627 yards and three touchdowns that season.
When Jones left Tampa Bay, he started seeing his numbers and production increase. Jones joined the Chicago Bears as a free agent in 2004, and he was what the team needed at the time. In his first season with the Bears, he rushed for 948 yards and seven touchdowns. The numbers would continue to get better. The next season he rushed for 1,335 yards and nine touchdowns. That was the first time in his career that he rushed for over 1,000 yards and would not be the last.
Jones continued to be a top rusher in the league
After the 2005 season where Jones surpassed 1,000 yards rushing, he was back for more. In his final season with Chicago, he rushed for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns. Jones was on the move again, and this time he joined the New York Jets. In 2007, Jones rushed for over 1,000 yards for the third straight season. He was becoming a consistent running back and was staying away from the injuries.
The 2008 season was a big one for Jones. Once again, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 13 touchdowns, which was the most in his career at the time. He was named to the Pro Bowl team, and that was the only time he made that team. His accomplishments on the field were paying off as he was recognized as one of the top players in the league.
In his final season with the Jets in 2009, he had the most rushing yards in his career with 1,402 and the most rushing touchdowns at 14. He would finish his final two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, and at the age of 33, his football career was over.
Jones pursuing an acting career after football
Jones played football his entire life. All he knew was the sport. Now that he was officially done with the game, he looked for a different career to pursue. Jones’ agent helped him a lot by sending out multiple audition tapes, and the former running back would eventually land a role in a major television show. He had a specific role in BET’s Being Mary Jane.
Jones also found himself appearing on other shows like Luke Cage, and he even had a role in the movie Straight Outta Compton. He is now enjoying playing different roles on television, and he has taken a liking to his new career.