Walter Jones: ‘I’m Enjoying The Moment’
Brian Jones, a former linebacker, has a bone to pick with Walter Jones, a former offensive lineman.
(Walter) Jones played 13 NFL seasons and was a nine-time Pro Bowler and seven-time All-Pro. He also allowed just 23 quarterback sacks – an average of 1.8 per season – and just nine holds. Yes, nine holds.
That’s an average of 0.69 holds per year.
(Brian) Jones’ response? Baloney. Nine holds in 13 years? It should have been nine holds per game!
“It’s only holding if they call it, man,” (Walter) Jones joked on The MoJo Show.
In all seriousness, Jones, 40, was one of the best left tackles to ever play the game – and he’ll be honored as such next weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
“It’s been great,” Jones said. “(I’m) just enjoying the moment, just trying to get ready for that weekend and preparing my speech. Right now, it’s kind of like the dead time. Everything that you prepare for is done with. All you’re waiting for right now is to fly into Canton and get ready for that weekend and enjoy that moment.”
Joining Jones in the 2014 class are Michael Strahan, Derrick Brooks, Andre Reed, Aeneas Williams, Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy.
Jones’ 14-year-old son, Walterius, will induct him into the Hall.
“He was there when I got the phone call, so it’s kind of like it was his to lose,” Jones said. “So he was grateful for that. I think it’s great for him and it’s great for me.”
Jones spent his entire career in Seattle, from 1997-2009. In 2005, he was named Offensive Lineman of the Year and helped Seattle to Super Bowl XL, where the Seahawks lost 21-10 to the Patriots.
Needless to say, Jones was ecstatic when Seattle beat Denver in the Super Bowl this past February.
“The fan base has been good ever since I was there,” Jones said. “It’s just we haven’t done as well. It’s just one of those things where they always follow their teams. So for Seattle to have the success they’re having now, it’s been fun. Those fans love their team.”
Jones, one of just three Seahawks to have his number retired, was asked which back he loved blocking for the most. He helped Ricky Watters to three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 1998-2000 and later helped Shaun Alexander achieve record-setting success.
“Oh man, that’s a tough question,” Jones said. “As an offensive lineman, all you want them to do is not run up in your back. The guys that I blocked for were great runners. They knew how to see the hole and make pays. I think Shaun was great. Once we got inside the red zone, he knew how to make the plays to get in the end zone.”
Alexander, in fact, rushed for 27 touchdowns in 2005. He also ran for a franchise-best 1,880 yards and was named MVP.
“As an offensive lineman, you feel great to be a part of that,” Jones said. “He put up some great numbers and ran the ball pretty good.”