James Jones (running back, born 1958)
|Position:||Running back / Kick returner|
|Date of birth:||December 6, 1958|
|Place of birth:||Vicksburg, Mississippi|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||201 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||Vicksburg (MS)|
|NFL Draft:||1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 80|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
James Jones, Jr. (born December 6, 1958) is a former professional American football running back and kick returner in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Mississippi State University.
Jones attended Vicksburg High School before moving on to Mississippi State University. He was a three-year starter and a had a Junior year to remember, when he was one of the nation scoring leaders and received second-team All-SEC honors.
While playing in a pass-oriented offense, he led the team in rushing with 687 yards and 10 touchdowns, 24 receptions for 237 yards and 3 touchdowns, completed 2 passes for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns and had 3 two-point conversions. He scored 26 points in one game against Memphis State University.
In 1979, he was lost for the year after suffering a knee injury during a 28-9 victory against the University of Tennessee.
Jones was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round (80th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. As one of Tony Dorsett's backups, he served the role of an all-purpose running back and the team's primary return specialist.
He suffered a serious left knee injury in 1982 that cost him most of the season, all of the next year and forced him to start the 1984 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, after having multiple operations.
Jones totaled 1,444 kickoff return yards (20.6 average) and 736 punt return yards (8.5 average) during his career. He registered 331 rushing yards, 312 receiving yards and 1 touchdown pass.
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