Ravens DT, Arthur Jones Interview
Arthur Jones played on the defensive line for Syracuse University. He established himself as one of the best defensive lineman in Syracuse history. AJ entered the 2010 NFL Draft and was selected in the 5th round by the Baltimore Ravens. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL season, and actually some of these questions were asked and answered in person on his college campus. [UPDATE: He was on the Ravens practice squad during the 2010 NFL season.]
Strauss : Why do you make it important to connect to the fans?
Jones : I think it’s very important to connect with the fans. Plus, networking is always good.
Strauss : Who was your childhood star? Why?
Jones : I never had one.
Strauss : If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Jones : Mike Tyson and talking to him about the movie, the Hangover.
Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL, what would you want to do?
Jones : I would fight in the UFC.
Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Jones : Never watched NFL games until last year.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game?
Jones : It was my first preseason game.
Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to before a game?
Jones : Eye of the Tiger.
Strauss : What pumps you up?
Jones : When I make a huge play on the field.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Jones : My favorite movie of all time, this training day.
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Jones : My favorite snack food is beef jerky.
Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?
Jones : Apple pie.
Strauss : What is your favorite Ice cream flavor?
Jones : Cookie dough.
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Jones : Family guy.
Strauss : What is your favorite meal?
Jones : I don’t have a favorite meal, I eat everything.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Jones : Call of Duty.
Strauss : Who is your favorite superhero?
Jones : My favorite superhero definitely batman.
Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?
Jones : One thing that I can’t leave my house what is my wallet and cell phone.
Strauss : How long have you played football?
Jones : I started playing in the 7th grade.
Strauss : What is a vivid memory with a sport other than football?
Jones : In high school, I wrestled. I was a two-time New York State wrestling champion.
Strauss When did you realize that you were going to play football in the NFL?
Jones : When I was in eleventh grade, I realized this.
Strauss : Describe the hardest change between the jump from high school to college.
Jones : The jump going to college was the speed of the game.
Strauss : Thank you for your time.
Jones : No problem, I’ll answer some more questions when we meet up.
I had a chance to meet to Arthur Jones and here are the questions and answers from when we met in person.
Strauss : What was your favorite memory at Syracuse?
Jones : My favorite memory was the Notre Dame game. We won that game by one point, and we were big underdogs. I had 15 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks. I remember the fans there throwing snowballs. I was hit in the eye from a piece. I still finished the game though. It was funny when I scared one of the band members too.
Strauss : What was the most important thing you learned at Syracuse?
Jones : I learned to never quit, and academics always come first. I had to make sure to get my degree, because I learned that athletic ability and sports don’t last forever.
Strauss : What was your draft day like?
Jones : It was great. But, boy, it was long. Since it was a four-day event, I had fun, and I still look back at it, as it’s a great experience. I was one of the few 300 selected, and I will always remember that. I was so happy to hear my name, and let me tell you, the Baltimore Ravens got a steal.
Strauss : Who was your childhood star?
Jones : I looked up to my mom and my dad. They raised all of us on how to be successful and how to be a man.
Strauss : For those that do not know, Arthur has an older brother Jonny Bones who is a fighter in UFC, and a younger brother, Chandler, entering his junior year and playing defensive end at Syracuse. So, I ask who is the most athletic in your family?
Jones : (laughs) Me. Hands down. We all have different athletic strengths, but I bring a mentality, a physical toughness, an attitude, that they do not have, that helps me with the athleticism.
Strauss : If you could describe yourself as any Ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?
Jones : Hm, Rocky Road. Because I have been through a lot in my life. In my career, I have dealt with the injuries, the highs and lows, being a team captain, not having a winning season, and great times with the teammates.
Strauss : For someone who wants to play football in the NFL, what’s the best advice you can give them?
Jones : Don’t listen to what people tell you, there are always doubters. Work hard, believe in yourself, and believe in your ability and just work hard. People told me I wouldn’t make it. You can.
Strauss : It was great meeting you, an honor, to let you in the gym to come workout this morning.
Jones : It was really great to meet you, good luck with your site. GO RAVENS!