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.
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.
“James is the backbone of the San Jose community and deserves this much recognition,” San Jose State Director of Aesthetics Jeff Konya said in a statement. “His successes on and off the pitch represent the greatest achievements of our alumni, and we are delighted to welcome him to the Ring of Honor at the CEFCU Stadium. Thank you James for being proud of the state of San Jose every day and congratulations on this great achievement. ”
Jones also enjoyed a successful nine-year NFL career, playing eight years for the Packers and one season for the Oakland Raiders. He caught five assists in Green Bay’s 31-25 victory over Pittsburgh in the XLV Super Bowl.
Jones, 37, is currently an analyst for the NFL Network. He is also active in the community, including his Love Jones 4 Kids Foundation, which helps children of all ages.
Here is a list of the 13 members of the CEFCU Stadium of Honor, in alphabetical order:
Bob Bronzan, Dave Cheney, Steve DeBerg, Jack Elway, Jeff Garcia, Claude Gilbert, James Jones, John Ralston, Dick Vermeil, Bill Walsh, Pop Warner, Gerald Wilhite, Louis Wright.