By Cerella Ferebee
Twenty- two year old Daron Jones expects winning a respectable season. During last Saturday’s game The Battle of the First, against Cheyney University, Jones felt he didn’t play his best for senior starter.
“The game this past Saturday was a shocker. Cheyney actually got away with one really lucky. I feel as though if we lined up against them again it would be a different outcome,” said Jones.
The Baltimore native who now resides in Woodlawn County was a football star for the Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders. Before Lincoln, he transferred from Robert Morris University in Pittsburg, Pa. At first the change was for better scenery, and LU is closer to Baltimore.
Jones who plays strong safety, also referred to as an outside linebacker, was born and raised in south Baltimore and grew up in east Baltimore.
“Growing up in a city with a lot of poverty makes you appreciate what I have now, it wasn’t easy. Being raised by rather young parents in their early 20’s with two kids, complications always arouse, but we made it and I can’t see why others can’t just be positive,” said Jones.
Jones has played football since the age of 5. From ages 9 to 11 he played for the Northwood Rams and won the national championship with his team in Florida.
“So pretty much I’ve been playing football my whole life for 16 years and counting,” said Jones.
Jones has a dream of one day playing football on the next level, for the NFL or the Canadian Football League. He even wants to own a business one day.
He is also thought highly of by his teammates. “That’s my man; I think he’s a really great football player. He’s really tough and a great friend” said Jeffery Edwards Senior from Gardena, Calif.
Jones, who is one of six siblings, suffered a major injury that caused him to sit out his junior year of football. He tore his meniscus muscle, a common injury that caused him to have surgery in order to recover.
He said at first he was a little down but he eventually got over it because they let him get another season of eligibility to play.
Keeping it positive is just what Jones does; he said there would be no chance of having an education without having a football scholarship.
What many don’t know about Jones is that he’s a good student; he maintains a 3.3 GPA and was nominated for “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Jones plans to graduate in May 2012 and attend graduate school studying Business Law.