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KcMizzou
12-20-2010, 07:00 PM
This is a nice read on Jones. The guy seems to really love KC.

It's a few days late.. hopefully not a repost.

Energized by New City and Its Barbecue, Jones Thrives With the Chiefs
By GREG BISHOP

On Thanksgiving night, Thomas Jones stood atop a stage in front of thousands in downtown Kansas City, Mo. At that moment, he felt, for the first time in forever, that he had found a home.

Jones’s career path ranks among the strangest in N.F.L. history, nearly 11 seasons now, with five teams, his productivity climbing with experience, even after 30, when most running backs head into retirement. As he closed in on 10,000 career rushing yards (Jones has 9,983), he was selected, with his teammate Jamaal Charles, to light the downtown area known as the Plaza.

In freezing weather, on live television, they flipped on the lights. Weeks later, Jones struggled to describe the feeling in a telephone interview.

“Looking out from that stage, I felt like Mick Jagger,” he said. “The energy was amazing.”

Jones will almost surely gain at least 17 yards Sunday against St. Louis, joining an exclusive club of 10,000-yard rushers, as member No. 25. With Charles and Jones, the Chiefs lead the N.F.L. in rushing at 165.4 yards per game. They also lead the A.F.C. West at 8-5, a half game ahead of surging San Diego.

To Jets fullback Tony Richardson, this sounds like a familiar pattern for his former teammate. Throughout his career, Jones has helped turn struggling franchises into contenders — in Chicago, he reached the Super Bowl; with the Jets, the A.F.C. title game — only to be discarded for younger replacements. Richardson ventured that no back reached 10,000 rushing yards with less fanfare.

“He’s never been on a team longer than three years,” Richardson said last week. “It seems like every time he has a good year, he’s gone. I don’t know what that’s about. But if you know anything about T. J., you know he prefers it that way.”

That, Jones said, is why he has fallen for Kansas City. He lives in a two-bedroom apartment in the Plaza. He estimated that he spent 15 percent of his time there, and the other 85 percent at the Chiefs’ facility.

Four times each week, he eats dinner at his favorite restaurant, Jack Stack Barbecue, where they prepare his order on sight (fire-skewered wings, half pint of baked beans and half pint of salad), no words required. This meal requires an extra hour of working out, but Jones has no complaints. “I feel like I’m part of the barbecue staff,” he said.

Kansas City reminds Jones of the southwest Virginia coal country where he grew up. He said he thought the residents shared his values and appreciated his work ethic. He is without distractions in Kansas City, just football and soul searching, a narrowing of focus.

Jones says he particularly loves the drive into the stadium, where the smell of barbecue wafts through the air and the energy gives him goose bumps. The Chiefs are 6-0 at home this season, and Jones does not see that as a coincidence.

“People here love football,” Jones said. “They care about each other. They work hard. This is the kind of place where I’m supposed to be.”

Jones, 32, has not ruled out playing another season (or four). He said that his body felt the same on Monday mornings as it did 10 years ago, although he has altered his routine (more massages, more cold tubs, more legendary workouts) this season. Jones has one year remaining on his contract, and he plans to play next season and then evaluate the future.

This year, Jones has gained 766 yards at an average of 4.0 a carry, and he has become a mentor to Charles, one of the most dynamic backs in the league. Their partnership, Jones said, will help him extend his career.

First, though, the Chiefs must get into the playoffs. They travel to St. Louis on Sunday, then close the season with home games against Tennessee and Oakland. Jones refused to look ahead, but should the Chiefs win their division and the Jets secure a wild card, Jones could face the team that released him last off-season.

“That would be pretty strange,” he said.

Just like his career path, which will culminate soon, perhaps on Sunday, with 10,000 career rushing yards — a milestone that says what Jones does not.

LaChapelle
12-20-2010, 07:02 PM
His 10,000 yards milestone
has been overlooked since the win

Brock
12-20-2010, 07:03 PM
He likes Jack Stack? What a moron! /dummies

Pants
12-20-2010, 07:05 PM
I eat Jack Stack every Tuesday but I have to call it in. For some reason, they don't make it on sight for me.

Jenson71
12-20-2010, 07:05 PM
He likes Jack Stack? What a moron! /dummies

He must be rich.

KcMizzou
12-20-2010, 07:06 PM
I eat Jack Stack every Tuesday but I have to call it in. For some reason, they don't make it for me on sight.ROFL What's with that, anyway?

Shogun
12-20-2010, 07:07 PM
I love Jack Stack. I should hang out with TJ.

Brock
12-20-2010, 07:08 PM
I don't care what anyone says about him, this guy should have been a Chief years ago.

Jenson71
12-20-2010, 07:08 PM
Jack Stack's lamb is quite amazing.

Deberg_1990
12-20-2010, 07:10 PM
TJ needs more carries!

Dylan
12-20-2010, 07:30 PM
Nice story about Thomas Jones ...

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KcMizzou
12-20-2010, 07:31 PM
I wonder if Jones asked T-Rich about KC before we signed him. KC still loves that guy.

Reaper16
12-20-2010, 07:34 PM
Jack Stack beans = undisputed champion

the Talking Can
12-20-2010, 07:34 PM
solid dude

i think KC is going to be a desirable destination for certain types of players under this regime...

Bill Parcells
12-20-2010, 07:40 PM
I was pissed that the Jets let him go in a non capped year (cheap fucks). LT hasnt been doing much for 8 weeks, and shonne greene is like a china doll.

They definitely miss Jones attitude on and off the field. the guy is a hard worker and a great team player. and guess what? he's healthy this year..lol

KCUnited
12-20-2010, 07:42 PM
That combo at Jack Stack is known as the Toss Sweep For No Gain Plate.

KcMizzou
12-20-2010, 07:45 PM
I was pissed that the Jets let him go in a non capped year (cheap ****s). LT hasnt been doing much for 8 weeks, and shonne greene is like a china doll.

They definitely miss Jones attitude on and off the field. the guy is a hard worker and a great team player. and guess what? he's healthy this year..lolI don't really understand why they let him go. By all accounts, we picked him up pretty cheap.

And then the Jets put that full page add in the KC Star thanking him for his contributions... so clearly they had tons of respect for the guy.

One thing that I hadn't considered until this article... I've always thought of it as Jones helping extend Charles' career, but it works both ways. And ego doesn't seem to be an issue for either guy.

Huge, huge, pick-up for the Chiefs.

BucEyedPea
12-20-2010, 07:49 PM
I don't care what anyone says about him, this guy should have been a Chief years ago.

He never gets to stay anywhere for long though.

Tuckdaddy
12-20-2010, 07:52 PM
I wonder if Jones asked T-Rich about KC before we signed him. KC still loves that guy.

One of King Carl's biggest blunders was letting T-Rich walk for 2 dollars and a biscut. Minn signed him for practically nothing.

thurman merman
12-20-2010, 07:53 PM
Do people still think Thomas Jones is good at football?

Bill Parcells
12-20-2010, 07:57 PM
I don't really understand why they let him go. By all accounts, we picked him up pretty cheap.

And then the Jets put that full page add in the KC Star thanking him for his contributions... so clearly they had tons of respect for the guy.

One thing that I hadn't considered until this article... I've always thought of it as Jones helping extend Charles' career, but it works both ways. And ego doesn't seem to be an issue for either guy.

Huge, huge, pick-up for the Chiefs.

I don't know why they let him go either. they dont use shonne greene much because they say he's too fragile (then why the fuck did they draft the guy?) and LT is ok for 10 carries a game, but thats about it.

Thomas Jones is a stand up guy, and he sets a great example for the younger players. the guy is a workaholic and true professional. the Jets definitely miss him this year, whether they want to admit it or not.

Bill Parcells
12-20-2010, 07:58 PM
He never gets to stay anywhere for long though.

Please, get a fucking clue. and get back to DC where you're renowned for making a jackass out of yourself.

Gadzooks
12-20-2010, 07:58 PM
solid dude

i think KC is going to be a desirable destination for certain types of players under this regime...

KC is going to be a desirable destination for D & O linemen as long as the players premote KC BBQ.

siberian khatru
12-20-2010, 07:59 PM
Four times each week, he eats dinner at his favorite restaurant, Jack Stack Barbecue, where they prepare his order on sight (fire-skewered wings, half pint of baked beans and half pint of salad), no words required.

I think Charles deserves bigger portions.

KcMizzou
12-20-2010, 08:00 PM
Do people still think Thomas Jones is good at football?I think the Chiefs would be worse off without him. The way they're using Jones and Charles is very effective, and they've got the results to show it.

Remember what happened to LJ after getting 400 carries in a season? And Charles doesn't have nearly the frame LJ does, when it comes to handling physical punishment.

KcMizzou
12-20-2010, 08:02 PM
I think Charles deserves bigger portions.Yeah, that sounds like an appetizer to me. :)

Extra Point
12-20-2010, 09:09 PM
Great article. Nice that this reporter interviewed T-Rich for this article. Tuckdaddy, I'm with you.

OnTheWarpath58
12-20-2010, 09:14 PM
That combo at Jack Stack is known as the Toss Sweep For No Gain Plate.

ROFL

T-post Tom
12-20-2010, 09:23 PM
http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=238654

Demonpenz
12-20-2010, 10:06 PM
I wish Battle would get his carries.

phisherman
12-20-2010, 10:10 PM
Jack Stack beans = undisputed champion

i don't agree with you all that often on movies and music, but we've defintely found some common ground here.

Reaper16
12-20-2010, 10:14 PM
i don't agree with you all that often on movies and music, but we've defintely found some common ground here.
Oh, come one. We agree plenty on movies. I bet we agree much more often than we disagree on movies.

KCBOSS1
12-20-2010, 10:21 PM
I think the Chiefs would be worse off without him. The way they're using Jones and Charles is very effective, and they've got the results to show it.

Remember what happened to LJ after getting 400 carries in a season? And Charles doesn't have nearly the frame LJ does, when it comes to handling physical punishment.

Absolutely

thurman merman
12-20-2010, 10:43 PM
I think the Chiefs would be worse off without him. The way they're using Jones and Charles is very effective, and they've got the results to show it.

Remember what happened to LJ after getting 400 carries in a season? And Charles doesn't have nearly the frame LJ does, when it comes to handling physical punishment.

I agree to an extent, and I think most of us do, but I think you could insert pretty much anybody in there and get the same results. Jones had good games against Houston and Jacksonville, but other than that he's been mediocre at best.

stevieray
12-20-2010, 11:18 PM
I agree to an extent, and I think most of us do, but I think you could insert pretty much anybody in there and get the same results. Jones had good games against Houston and Jacksonville, but other than that he's been mediocre at best.

I think this is one of the reasons there is no loyalty from players to play for one team.... people take them for granted and call their efforts mediocre, when the amount of work put in is unbelievably huge.

thurman merman
12-20-2010, 11:45 PM
I think this is one of the reasons there is no loyalty from players to play for one team.... people take them for granted and call their efforts mediocre, when the amount of work put in is unbelievably huge.

I didn't call his effort mediocre. I called his production mediocre.

Marcellus
12-21-2010, 07:30 AM
I didn't call his effort mediocre. I called his production mediocre.

What were you expecting? Jamal Charles numbers?

I want JC to get more carries but there were 2x in Sunday's game it looked like Charles got hurt. That's on 12 carries. I don't know if he was cramping or what. He got caught on that 80 yard run because he wasn't 100% healthy for whatever reason.

Until we get to the playoffs they need to be careful with JC.

ZootedGranny
12-21-2010, 07:58 AM
That combo at Jack Stack is known as the Toss Sweep For No Gain Plate.

LiteraLOL.

stevieray
12-21-2010, 08:18 AM
I didn't call his effort mediocre. I called his production mediocre.

....a thesaurus wants to be your friend.

Tuckdaddy
12-21-2010, 08:46 AM
Great article. Nice that this reporter interviewed T-Rich for this article. Tuckdaddy, I'm with you.

I am with you too brother. May the force be with you.

HemiEd
12-21-2010, 08:49 AM
I was pissed that the Jets let him go in a non capped year (cheap ****s). LT hasnt been doing much for 8 weeks, and shonne greene is like a china doll.

They definitely miss Jones attitude on and off the field. the guy is a hard worker and a great team player. and guess what? he's healthy this year..lol

Well you still have T-Rich, we want him back also! :p

Bill Parcells
12-21-2010, 09:12 AM
Well you still have T-Rich, we want him back also! :p

You might get him back if the Terminator starts playing more..lol :thumb:

Oh, and don't forget, Ed. you now have a responsibility to make the game thread every week until the Chiefs lose. if you don't start the game thread this Sunday and the Chiefs do lose it will be all your fault! you have the mojo!

CaliforniaChief
12-21-2010, 10:08 AM
Thomas Jones has been invaluable to this team, IMO. Not only is he a pretty reliable short yardage and up the gap runner, but he's also taken Jamaal Charles under his wings and mentored him. The difference in Jamaal this year in terms of learning how to be the guy has paid off for him (literally) and for us (in wins).

Plus, he's an amazing piece of man-meat/#DanFouts

Hydrae
12-21-2010, 10:16 AM
Nice article.

I have never understood why he has not been able to stay in any one place for very long. From all reports (and how he comes across in this article), he is a great locker room guy and doesn't cause any issues. Maybe not the flashiest RB around but a steady workhorse type.

I am just glad he is here and I agree with the earlier post, he should have been here years ago.