When it comes to toughness, Tennessee Titans center Ben Jones is the epitome of it, and it’s something his teammates and coaches have come to respect about him.
Since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Houston Texans, Jones has missed just one game, which came back in 2019.
During his time with the Titans, we’ve seen Jones suffer many injuries in-game, only to fight through it and remain on the field. At most, Jones will miss a play or two before returning to action.
“If I am able to get up, I am going to get up,” Jones said, via Jim Wyatt of Titans Online. “I just want to be out there. I want to win games, and I want to win a championship.”
But Jones’ toughness isn’t just something that happened upon entering the NFL. As he explained recently, the Georgia product has been overcoming injuries — and brutal ones at that — since he was a kid.
“Growing up on the football, it wasn’t football and sports (where I got hurt),” Jones said. “I hit a barbed wire fence on a bicycle and cut my throat open really bad. Two weeks later I get hit in the head with a baseball bat and had brain surgery. I remember the doctor was worried about the big cut on my neck, he was like: “What is going on with this kid?” I had a broken leg for a year-and-a-half in high school and thought it was shin splints, and had to get my tibia taken out. So I’ve had some stuff, but I just wanted to play.
“If I wasn’t playing (sports) in high school, I was on the farm working. So, I wanted to go play sports, I didn’t want to be at home.”
Offensive line coach Keith Carter says Jones is the toughest player he has ever been around.
“Coaching this game and at this level, you are around a lot of tough people,” Carter said. “But I’ve never been around anybody as tough as Ben. My hat goes off to him. I have more respect for him than I could possibly say in words. He is the toughest son of a gun, man. He is just made of the right stuff. It’s a chip on his shoulder. He is fighting through pain, not being helped off the field, getting back up … that is a source of self-pride for him. As we can all tell and witness with our own eyes, he is tougher than hell, man.”
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill echoed those sentiments.
“Ben is about as tough as they come,” Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “You see him battling through constantly. … It feels like every game or every couple games there is an instance where he gets rolled up on, twists an ankle, MCL, I don’t know I am just making stuff up, but something goes wrong and he has an injury.
“Then you see him in the huddle, he is gritting. ‘Ben, are you OK? Do you need to go down?’ And he is, ‘No, I am good.’ He has got this face on like he just bit into the world’s sourest lime or lemon, but he is gutting it out. The guys in the huddle, they see that. We realize how tough he is and thankful we have a guy that wants to battle it out out there with us and really set the tone up front.”
Jones has been a leader and staple on the Titans’ offensive line for five-plus seasons now, and arguably its most consistent player. However, the Titans will have a tough decision to make in 2022, with Jones set to hit the free-agent market.
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