The 6’9” defensive lineman, Jones became a two time All-American defensive lineman at TSU. He was part of two Black College Football National Championship teams in 1971 and 1973. He finished his collegiate career ranked third in school history in sacks in a season with 12 and fifth in career sacks with 38. In 1974, Jones was drafted number one overall by the Dallas Cowboys, becoming the first player from a historically black college program to be chosen number one in the NFL draft. He was a member of the famed "Doomsday Defense" squad of the 1970’s and retired in 1989 after 15 seasons with the Cowboys. He finished his career with a sack total of 106, was a three time Pro Bowl selection (1981 – 1983), and helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl XII.