Amidst the confusion and uncertainty of the labor talks between the League and the Player’s Union, Reggie Jones quietly prepares to make his debut in the Burgundy and Gold.
Hailing from Seattle, Jones faced a tough decision. As a member of the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints Practice Squad, he decided to accept an offer from the Washington Redskins and finish off the season on the team’s active roster. This meant he would not be a part of the Saints team that would play in the Wild Card Round versus the Seattle Seahawks, and inevitably lose.
Jones told Matt Terl, the Redskins Blog:
“It was tough,” he told me shortly after he arrived here. “Should I stay in New Orleans, be comfortable, ride through the playoffs, maybe get another Super Bowl Ring? You know, have the chance to be known as two-time champion Reggie Jones. Or I could go to a team that wants to play me and have an opportunity to turn the program around. To help turn a program around.”
Now, Jones looks to make his mark on a Redskins team that already has a crowded defensive backfield, including Pro-Bowler DeAngelo Hall, Carlos Rogers and Philip Buchanan. Last night on Backfield Radio, a local Washington, D.C. web-based radio show, Jones had his first opportunity to speak to the fans in his first live interview since joining the team.
In regards to his work ethic and intentions:
I just want the fans to know that I’m a hard worker. I’ve never had anything handed to me on a silver platter.
This statement sums up his entire pro and collegiate career. Starting off his college ball at the University of Idaho, he played in limited snaps and worked his way onto the field for more playing time with each passing season. Transferring to Portland State in 2007, he had to sit out one year before having a breakout season in 2008. That season he had three interceptions with one touchdown, including one more touchdown as a receiver.
Losing his rookie season, in 2009, to an injury and being placed on injured reserve, Jones still was surrounded by a Saints team that was nearly unbeatable at 13-3 and played the team game with great poise en route to its first Super Bowl Championship.
Now with the Redskins, Jones looks to make the most out of his career here by not only making the team but cracking the starting rotation. Understanding there are proven veterans ahead of him. He is using that not only as motivation but also as a positive influence as he looks to ascend in the ranks.
Towards the end of his interview, he recalled the origins of his nickname “$howtime”.
I didn’t get to chose my birth name Reggie and I didn’t get to chose nickname Showtime, that was given to me. I never played baseball but the baseball coach he was trying to pitch me to play baseball. He said “We can teach you how to bunt, how to field, we can call you “Primetime” like Deion.”
I was like nah, he’s an athlete all on his own. Then he told me ”We can call you “Showtime” and it stuck.
This summer, granted there is an off-season program, Jones looks to make his mark so that he can show all the Redskins what $howtime is all about.
The podcast of this interview can be listened to here, courtesy of Backfieldradio.com