Note from Will: This interview was completed about a week before it was announced that KJ was taking the job as Special Assistant to the Athletic Director.
For the final part of our interview with Kevin Jones, we talked about his post-Virginia Tech career in the NFL, the UFL, and beyond.
Jones was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the #30 pick in the first round of the 2004 draft. That fall, he rushed for 1,133 yards on 241 carries (4.7 ypc) for 5 touchdowns, and in so doing became only the third running back in franchise history to rush for 1,000+ yards in his rookie season, along with Billy Sims and Barry Sanders. He started 14 of 15 games and led the NFL in rushing in the second half of the season.
In 2005 and 2006, he wasn’t as productive, but he continued to get a lot of carries:
- 2005: 13 games, 13 starts, 186 carries, 664 yards (3.6 ypc), 5 TDs
- 2006: 12 games, 12 starts, 181 carries, 689 yards (3.8 ypc), 6 TDs
At the end of the 2006 season, he suffered a Lisfranc injury and spent the offseason recovering. In 2007, he started 10 of 13 games and rushed for 581 yards, but he tore his ACL in the 15th game of the season.
The Lions released Jones in March of 2008, and he played the 2008 season with the Bears. Still recovering from the knee injury, he played in 11 games and only had 34 carries for 109 yards.
In a 2009 preseason game, he tore ankle ligaments and missed the 2009 season. In March of 2010, the Bears released him. Jones joined the Hartford Colonials of the UFL in September 2010. He tore a calf muscle in practice that fall and quit football.
Shortly after that, he returned to Virginia Tech and...
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