WALTER JONES

WALTER JONES

Class of 2014
Tackle >>> 6-5, 300
(Holmes Community College, Florida State)
1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks

Walter Junior Jones ... Selected in 1st round (6th player overall) by Seahawks in 1997 … Earned starting left tackle spot in rookie training camp … Consensus pick for multiple all-rookie teams ... Team leader and integral part of Shaun Alexander’s MVP season in 2005 when RB ran for franchise-record and league-high 1,880 yards and set NFL mark for TDs in season …  All-Pro six times … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born January 19, 1974 in Aliceville, Alabama.

The Seattle Seahawks traded up in the 1997 NFL Draft in order to select Florida State tackle Walter Jones as the sixth overall pick. The move paid off over the next 12 seasons as he solidified himself as the cornerstone of the Seahawks offensive line while becoming one of the finest tackles in the NFL.

His ability on the football field was evident from the start. He earned the starting left tackle spot during his rookie training camp, was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in October, and selected as a consensus pick for multiple all-rookie teams that year. Jones provided blindside protection for quarterback Warren Moon as the Seahawks topped the NFL in total passing yards that season.

Following the 1999 season, Jones became the first offensive linemen in Seahawks history to be elected to the Pro Bowl. It marked the first of a team-record nine All-Star nods he received in his career.

His level of play continued to escalate and in 2001 he was recognized with his first selection as a first-team All-Pro. Highlights that season included Jones and his line mates opening holes for Shaun Alexander’s 266-yard day that, at the time, was the fourth highest single-game rushing total in league history. Jones earned first-team All-Pro honors five more times (2002, 2004-07).

Seattle possessed what was arguably the NFL’s finest left side at the time with Jones entrenched at tackle alongside perennial Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson. A team leader, Jones was an integral part of Alexander’s MVP season in 2005. Jones helped his running back chalk up a franchise-record and league-high 1,880 yards while establishing the then NFL mark for touchdowns in a season (28) as Seattle led the NFL in scoring with 452 points.

Jones’ team-record 10 playoff starts included the 2005 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XL. In all, he played in 180 regular season games during his career. He was a first-team selection of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.


Year Team G
1997 Seattle 12
1998 Seattle 16
1999 Seattle 16
2000 Seattle 16
2001 Seattle 16
2002 Seattle 14
2003 Seattle 16
2004 Seattle 16
2005 Seattle 15
2006 Seattle 16
2007 Seattle 15
2008 Seattle 12
Career Total 180

Championship Games

2005 NFCSeattle Seahawks 34, Carolina Panthers 14
Jones started at left tackle.


Super Bowls

Super Bowl XL – Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10
Jones started at left tackle.

 

All-Pro: 2001 (AP) • 2002 (PFWA) • 2004 (AP, PFWA, SN) • 2005 (AP, PFWA, SN) • 2006 (PFWA, SN) • 2007 (AP, PFWA, SN)

All-Pro Second Team: 2006 (AP) • 2008 (AP)

All-AFC: 2001 (PW)

All-NFC: 2002 (PW) • 2003 (PW) • 2004 (PW) • 2005 (PW) • 2006 (PW) • 2007 (PW)

(9) – 2000, 2002, 2003*, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008*, 2009*

*Did not play

Seahawks records held by Jones
(Records through the 2008 season, Jones' final season with Seattle)

• [2nd] Most Games Started, Career – 180

Postseason Records

• [1st] Most Games Played, Career – 10
• [1st] Most Games Started, Career – 10

• NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1997 Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 (3rd)
1998 Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 (3rd)
1999 Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 (1st)
2000 Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 (4th)
2001 Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 (2nd)
2002 Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 (3rd)
2003 Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 (2nd)
2004 Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 (1st)
2005 Seattle Seahawks 13 3 0 (1st)
2006 Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 (1st)
2007 Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 (1st)
2008 Seattle Seahawks 4 12 0 (3rd)
Qualified for Postseason in Bold

Full Name: Walter Junior Jones

Birthdate: January 19, 1974

Birthplace: Aliceville, Alabama

High School: Aliceville (AL)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 1, 2014

Other Members of Class of 2014: Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, Aeneas Williams

Pro Career: 12 seasons, 180 games

Drafted: 1st round (6th player overall) in 1997 by Seattle Seahawks

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