LA Rams: 15 greatest linebackers of All Time
Despite the fact that linebacker Mike Jones played his first six seasons with the LA/Oakland Raiders, he was still a potent addition to the St. Louis Rams defense. Jones played just four seasons for the Rams. He never earned the honors of Pro Bowl or All-Pro while playing for the team. So how did this guy jump up to the sixth spot?
It was Jones’s game-saving tackle that preserved the first Super Bowl victory for the St. Louis Rams. One historically epic game-saving stop one yard short of the end zone cemented Mike Jones’s place in the Rams franchise All-Time list for linebacker play.
That play may have only been one tackle, but the impact of that singular play helped to solidify the NFL Hall of Fame status of so many veterans from that team. But it was not his only tackle on the St. Louis Rams defense. In four seasons with the Rams, Jones recorded 314 tackles, eight quarterback sacks, seven interceptions, and two as pick-sixes. He deflected 17 passes, forced four fumbles, recovered two fumbles, and even returned one fumble for a touchdown.
Jones was a solid linebacker for the Rams, and his four years proved his defensive prowess. But his tackle of Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson was so textbook perfect that even if it were the only tackle Jones had made, he would still deserve to be included in this list.