For those who dont know Reggie Jones, allow me to re-introduce $howtime to Redskins Nation! Over a series of not so friendly but extremely intense battles in
Madden…….I mean Words With Friends (Don’t judge us), I’ve come to learn that Reggie Jones is not your average professional athlete. I will admit that Reggie has me questioning how I passed the vocabulary comprehension portion of the SAT from the butt whoopings I got. He also spends a great deal of time interacting directly with fans ( @RegJones29). It’s funny how we spend so much time talking about all the spoiled and overpaid athletes that do whatever they can to leave town, that we overlook the hungry hard working athletes that actually want to be here. One of those players in general is Reggie “$howtime” Jones.
After the injury of Kareem Moore, the Redskins offered Reggie Jones (then on the Saints practice squad) a contract to join the Redskins active roster. This offer was made to a player who was apart of a Super Bowl winning team the year before and a game before their second consecutive playoff run was scheduled to begin. Reggie didn’t see the fame and glory of being a roster spot on a championship team. He wanted to make a difference, to be the reason why his team was catapulted to success! Reggie chose to join the Washington Redskins for a chance to leave his mark in DC. In a previous interview with Riggo\’s Rag lead writer/ Backfiled Radio personality Ryan John Estorninos , Jones was asked about his work ethic and intentions with the Redskins and he replied,”I just want the fans to know Im a hard worker. Ive never had anything handed to me on a silver platter.” Coming into Washington with the desire to work hard and become a better pro with veterans like DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers to learn from, I see nothing but a bright future ahead of Reggie.
With game highlights at Portland State where he shows flashes of a young Sean Taylor with his ability to read the QB, support the run and lay bone crushing hits on offenders I see Jones being able to come into training camp and compete versus our new look recieving corp and make a mark early in training camp. Jones will bring a winning mentality that we desperately need in Washington.
Speaking of Reggie’s mentality, he got to speak on it in our mini pre mini camp interview:
Coming from a Super Bowl team, what experiences or habits do you think you bring to the Redskins?
“The habit I bring with me is winning! The two seasons I was with New Orleans DJ Khaled said it best “All we did was win” haha. The Super bowl run followed by another post season birth didn’t come by luck. Rod Woodson said “Luck is what you prepare for.” The way we worked as a core put us in the position to have winning seasons. The way we went about each work week gave us an edge over each opponent. So to some it all up, I bring a winning mentality with me.”
What type of impact do you believe you will make from day 1?
“I truly believe the sky is not my limit. So from day 1, I plan on starting my climb to the #1 spot. Obviously I won’t come into camp as the starter, but by the end of camp I plan on looking back and saying I did exactly what I said I would do. I don’t just set goals just to set them. I set goals to surpass them, then set it higher the next time.”
What have you been doing during the lockout to stay in shape?
“During the lockout I’ve been grinding. My entire life nothing ever came easy. That’s why I am who I am today. A hardworking man with high expectations. I’ve been doing 2 a-day and 3 a-day workouts since March 1st. I work hard to get what I want out of life. So I’m ready to cash in these hardwork chips I’ve been stacking up.”
Whats your most memorable memory as an athlete?
“My most memorable moment wasn’t my proudest, but definitely one of the most career benefiting. My Junior year at University of Idaho we played Michigan State and I dropped a potentially game winning interception in the 4th quarter. After that I made it a point of emphasis to make the jugs machine a healthy part of my routine until I had hands like a well polished wide receiver. My senior year I had four picks and 1 to the house. They also had me play both sides of the ball. Corner and Receiver. So I’d say that “moment” paid off.”
If you make the Pro Bowl this year, can you get me a ticket?!?!?!
“Haha. There’s gonna be alot of people in that line. There’s already a waiting list that stretches from here to Seattle. haha”
Then he signed off with his signature —> $HOWTIME
Im overly impressed with this guy. He is the type of “PERSON” that deserves success in life. For his most memorable memory as an athlete to be failure which motivated him to become a better player tells me everything I need to know about Reggie Jones. Well as you can tell from the picture, Reggie has reported to camp and is ready to work! I pray Reggie that you can overcome all adversities and previous injuries to have a long and successful career in Washington on $howtime Island. (Even though Im not on the immediate Pro Bowl ticket list) Good luck sir and i’ll be looking for #29…
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