Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Ed 'Too Tall' Jones elected to Black College Hall of Fame
By Calvin Watkins
Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Ed "Too Tall" Jones was elected to the Black College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Jones, the first overall pick of the Cowboys in 1974, had a fantastic career at Tennessee State, where he attended originally to play basketball.
After two seasons playing basketball, Jones moved to football and became a two-time All-American and finished his career ranked third in school history in sacks in a single season (12) and fifth in career sacks with 38.
"Surprised," Jones said of the recognition. "To be honored now is very humbling. Tennessee State turned out lots of pros for a Division II school. A lot of those athletes were considered prospects by the pros."
Jones joins a star-studded Class of 2013 that includes Elvin Bethea, Charles Brackins, Joe Gilliam Jr., Ken Houston, Charlie Joiner, Larry Little, Shannon Sharpe, Jackie Slater, John "Big John" Merritt and Charlie Neal.
Jones played with Gilliam Jr., whose father Joe Gilliam Sr. was his defensive line/defensive coordinator at Tennessee State. Merritt was Jones' head coach.
"Joe Sr. was the one that turned my career around," Jones said. "It's wonderful to have three people from Tennessee State going into the Hall of Fame."
One thing still eluding Jones is the Cowboys' Ring of Honor. Jones played 15 seasons with the Cowboys, starting every game from 1980-86. He was three-time Pro Bowler and a All-Pro in 1982. He finished his career with 57.5 sacks.
"I thought I was a true team player," Jones said. "Dallas took me to become a true pass rushing end. I wanted to be what coach (Tom) Landry wanted me to be and what my teammates wanted from me. I have no control for anything. I just wanted to be the best player that I could be for the Dallas Cowboys."
The inductees will be honored February 16, 2013 in Atlanta.