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In honor of the NFL draft, we take a moment to celebrate the musical stylings of the first overall pick in 1974, Ed "Too Tall" Jones from Tennessee State University.
Jones, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound defensive end, played for the Cowboys until 1989, with the exception of one year (1979) when he left football to attempt a career as a professional boxer, going 6-0 with five knockouts.
However, he also attempted a career in music, recording an album in 1981.
That year, Douglas S. Looney of Sports Illustrated talked to Jones about his ambition:
"I've always taken every involvement in music seriously," says Jones, who even in college used to drop into nightclubs for a song or two. "But now that I'm an artist, I take it very seriously. I'm not going to be just another football player trying to sing."
Jones was a funk artist, and recorded a 7-inch single on Fun City records from Memphis, where his brother Cliff was an executive.
According to SI:
His first single had "Do the Dip - 81" on one side and "Funkin On Your Radio" ("Eeny, meeny, miney mo, we're funkin' on your radio/ We're the band with the master plan/ Now we're gonna funk you like no other can") on the other.
In 1982, he recorded a 12-inch single with "Can't Stand The Heat" on one side and "Let's Make Tonight Our Night" on the other, released on ALA Records from Los Angeles.
The songs have staying power, probably a testament to Jones' confidence. Looney asked if he was a trained singer. Jones replied: "Sure, I trained myself."