30 Inspiring Facts About Julio Jones Every Fan Should Know

Julio Jones
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Julio Jones, regarded as one of the greatest receivers of all time, is one of the most versatile athletes in the world. With a rare combination of size, speed, strength, leaping ability, catching ability and body control, he has earned the name as best wide receiver of his generation, accumulating numerous accolades and accomplishments. Here are some interesting facts about Jones that every fan should know:

    Julio Jones ahead of the NFL Super Bowl"Julio Jones ahead of the NFL Super Bowl" by WEBN-TV is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

  1.  Jones’s career average of 96.1 receiving yards per game is said to be the highest ever in the history of National Football League.
  2.  He became the fastest player in the history of National Football League to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in just 125 games, in the year 2019, beating Jerry Rice, who achieved the feat in 142 games.
  3.  He signed a three-year, $66 million extension with Atlanta Falcons with $64 million guaranteed on September 7, 2019. This made him the highest paid wide receiver in the league.
  4.  In the 2020 season, just after 9 games, he had to quit the season, due to his lingering hamstring injury. However, he managed to finish 41st in receiving yards, among 499 qualified players.
  5.  He became the first player in the history of NFL to register five consecutive seasons with at least 1400 yards, with his game against the Green Bay Packers in the 2018 season.
  6.  Jones became the first player in NFL history to have three games with at least 250 receiving yards, and the tenth player to record three games with at least 200, during the 2017 season.
  7.  He is also the sixth player in NFL history to have at least 300 receiving yards in a game, with his total 300 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ victory over the Carolina Panthers in the 2016 season.
  8.  In the same game, quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 503 passing yards, making them the first ever quarterback/wide receiver duo in NFL history to have gained 500+ passing yards and 300+ receiving yards in a single game.
  9.  Born as Quintorris Lopez Jones on February 8, 1989, in Foley, Alabama, he was raised by a single mother Queen Marvin, as his father left the family when he was only five years old.
  10.  Initially, thinking that he would be a baby girl, his mother decided upon the name Quintorris for her unborn child. The name actually translates to Gladiator. However, when she realized that it was a baby boy, she decided to name him the same, but nicknamed him as Julio.
  11. Julio Jones | Atlanta Falcons"Julio Jones | Atlanta Falcons" by Seatacular is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

  12.  His mother, while working at a fast food restaurant, raised him strictly, shielding him from the violent neighborhood in his locality.
  13.  He has an elder brother – Phillip Jones, who is very close to him. In the year 2014, Phillip lost his arm, after sustaining gunshot wounds.
  14.  Jones attended the Foley High School in Foley, Alabama, where, being a born athlete, he excelled in three different sports - basketball, football, and athletics.
  15.  He emerged as Alabama Champion in the triple jump and long jump in 2006 and 2007. He was also the Alabama champion in high jump in the 2007 season.
  16.  He was also a standout track athlete earning the name - Alabama State 2006–07 Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
  17.  In 2008, he competed as a sprinter in the 100-meter dash at the Class 6A Section1 Meet and placed second, posting a personal-best time of 11.3 seconds.
  18.  Jones was also a starter on the basketball team of Foley High School. He played as wide receiver and defensive end for the Lions high school football team.
  19.  As a five-star recruit, he announced his decision to be committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, on National Signing Day, on February 6, 2008, live on ESPNU.
  20.  During his three years time with the Crimson Tide, he became the first true freshman wide receiver ever to start in a season opener, in the game against Clemson Tigers in the 2008 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff.
  21.  Jones also led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated 14-0 season in 2009, and the 2010 BCS National Championship game, as well as the 2011 Capital One Bowl game.
  22. Julio Jones | Atlanta Falcons"Julio Jones | Atlanta Falcons" by Seatacular is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

  23.  He became one of the only four players to be voted unanimously to the “All-SEC Coaches’ Football Team” even before the start of 2009 season.
  24.  He became the fourth player in the history of Alabama to have a record of 78 catches and 1,133 yards along with seven touchdowns at the end of junior season.
  25.  At the end of his three-year college career, with a total of 179 receptions and 2653 yards, he became the second player in Alabama history to have achieved the record, while, fourth in touchdown catches with a total of 15.
  26.  On July 28, 2011, he signed a four-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons and made his debut in the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 11.
  27.  Despite losing in the first game, he finished the season by leading all rookies in touchdown receptions, while he was second among rookies in yards and touchdowns.
  28.  His 2014 season record of 104 receptions for 1593 yards, was the first in the history of NFC, as well as the third in the entire NFL.
  29.  The year 2015 was historic for Jones, as he finished the season as the eighth best player on the “NFL Top 100 Players” list with 1,871 yards and 136 receptions, both of which are Falcons franchise records, as well as the second-highest in the history of NFL.
  30.  With this, he also became the first wide receiver in the Super Bowl era to the lead the league in total yards from scrimmage.
  31.  Jones had to quit half way through the 2013 season, having fractured his foot in the Week 5. Still, with the five games he played, he managed to finish the season at 76th place in receiving yards among the 458 qualified players.
  32.  He became the first player in the history of Atlanta Falcons to record 40 games with at least 100 receiving yards, in the 2018 season opening game against Philadelphia Eagles.
  33.  Julio Jones Net Worth: $40 Million

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