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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Ex-Packers receiver James Jones joins San Jose State’s Ring of Honor

James Jones, former San Jose State star and Super Bowl champion with the Green Bay Packers, will make little history Friday when the Spartans induce him to their honor roll.

Jones will become the first wide adoptive and only San Jose native to ever be recognized in the CEFCU Stadium Ring of Honor when the Spartans play at home in San Diego, ranked 24th, on Friday at 7:30 pm.

Joining legendary coaches such as Bill Walsh and Pop Warner, as well as defenders Jeff Garcia and Steve Deberg, Jones will become the 13th member of the Spartan Ring of Honor.

This will be Jones’ second award in his hometown of San Jose this year. He will be inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame on November 16 at the SAP Center alongside George Seifert, Summer Sanders and our former Mercury News colleague Mark Pardee.

“It means more to me because I’m a kid from San Jose,” Jones told the organization after news from the Hall of Fame. “I didn’t come to San Jose just to play or train, I’m a kid from San Jose.”

As the star of three sports at Gunderson School, just seven miles from San Jose State, Jones spent four years (2003-06) with the Spartans, the best of which was in his senior class. It was then that Jones caught 70 assists for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns. Jones is best remembered for his winning landing on the 42-meter reverse, which led to a fierce Spartan victory over Stanford in 2006.

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He ended his San Jose career with an offensive MVP for the Spartans in the New Mexico Cup – he had six catches on 106 yards and two scores in a 20-12 win over New Mexico.

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