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The Fight In the Dog
Andy Staples
October 08, 2012
GEORGIA LINEBACKER JARVIS JONES HAS OVERCOME A CAREER-THREATENING INJURY TO BECOME THE BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE SEC, BUT THE FAMILY TRAGEDY THAT DRIVES HIM? WELL, HE'S DEALING WITH THAT THE BEST HE CAN
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October 08, 2012

The Fight In The Dog

GEORGIA LINEBACKER JARVIS JONES HAS OVERCOME A CAREER-THREATENING INJURY TO BECOME THE BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE SEC, BUT THE FAMILY TRAGEDY THAT DRIVES HIM? WELL, HE'S DEALING WITH THAT THE BEST HE CAN

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Just as Grantham predicted, Jones dominated. He led the SEC in sacks (13½) and tackles for loss (19½), and piqued the interest of NFL scouts. But he wasn't interested in them. Jones might have gone in the first round had he left Georgia last year, but unlike several of his teammates, he didn't even submit paperwork to be evaluated by the NFL's draft advisory board. Jones had made up his mind that he needed to learn more at Georgia. "No matter how much people pressured him," Stephens says, "he always had the same answer."

Jones thought he could improve his draft stock with another dominant season. He may not stay after this year, but he's adamant that he will get his degree in child and family development, and he has grand plans for any riches he might make in the NFL. He has begun researching the formation of a foundation that will allow him to build a recreational center for children in Stewart County. He wants kids where he grew up to have access to coaches and academic support so they don't have to spend their days, as he did, roaming the streets or shooting at a basketball goal created by nailing a milk crate to a piece of plywood. "I just want to show them that there's more to life than being on the streets smoking marijuana, drinking and getting in trouble," he says. "You can do positive things."

He can't quite picture the rec center yet, but he knows it will be named after Darcell Kitchens. "I feel like my brother walks with me every day," Jones says.

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