Ed (Too Tall) Jones

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Ed (Too Tall) Jones
1976 Topps trading card

Name: Ed 'Too Tall' Jones
Born: 1951-02-23
Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee, USA
Hometown: Dallas, Texas, USA
Height: 6′ 9″   /   206cm
Reach: 88″   /   224cm
Boxing Record: click

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Ed (Too Tall) Jones is best known for playing 15 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

Jones, a defensive end, was considered one of the most dominant defensive players of his era and had a career sack total of 106.

He was the first overall selection in the 1974 draft and was part of the Cowboys' Super Bowl XII championship team, which defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 to win the title on January 15, 1978.

Jones retired from the NFL in 1979 to pursue a professional boxing career.

Boxing had always held a fascination for Jones. "It wasn't that I had boxing idols like Liston and Louis and Patterson," he said, "but that every boxer was my idol." He decided in 1977 that he couldn't stand being out of the ring any longer and that he would box, but he stayed with the Cowboys because he had two years left on his contract and he felt he should honor it.

In his pro debut, Jones was floored and received a majority decision win that was resoundingly booed by the crowd. Red Smith of the New York Times wrote: "He cannot box, he cannot punch and his chin gives off a musical tinkle when tapped."

After compiling a record of 6-0 against mediocre opposition, Jones returned to the NFL to play for the Cowboys from 1980 to 1989.

Throughout his unbeaten six-fight career, Dave Wolf, Jones' manager, said Jones was "embarrassed by his performance but not to the extent that he gave up out of embarrassment. What we were all amazed at was the animosity he seemed to create. Suddenly, he was the villain, as though he had broken a sacred law by giving up football." Murphy Griffith, Jones' trainer, said, "I think the big problem was everyone thought he was too good a football player to be a novice in a foreign activity—and to look like a novice."

"I have never been around so many crummy people in all my days," Jones said of his time in boxing. But he also said, "Boxing was the best thing that ever happened to Ed Jones."

According to Sports Illustrated, Jones refused to discuss his reasons for returning to football, but he told intimates that his mother hated boxing. When she had a slight heart attack after his third fight, Jones told friends, "I can't torment her like this."

Kermit Kane, a friend of Jones from Dallas, said, "Deep in his heart, he thought boxing would be a lot easier than it was."

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