Walter Jones (American football)

Infobox NFLactive
name=Walter Jones
currentteam=Seattle Seahawks
currentnumber=71
currentposition=Offensive tackle
birthdate=birth date and age|1974|1|19
birthplace=Aliceville, Alabama
heightft=6
heightin=5
weight=325
debutyear=1997
debutteam=Seattle Seahawks
highlights=
* 8x Pro Bowl selection (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
* 5x First-team All-Pro selection (2001, 2002,2004, 2005, 2007)
* 1x Second-team (All-Pro) (2006)
* 6x All-Conference (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007)
* 2005 Tuesday Morning Quarterback Non-QB Non-RB NFL MVP Award Winner
college=Florida State
draftyear=1997
draftround=1
draftpick=6
pastteams=
* Seattle Seahawks (1997-"present")
statweek=17
statseason=2007
statlabel1=Games played
statvalue1=168
statlabel2=Games started
statvalue2=168
statlabel3=Fumbles Recovered
statvalue3=1
nfl=JON795619

Walter Junior Jonescite web|title=Jones on Pro-Football-Reference |work=rbref.com |url=http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/J/JoneWa00.htm |accessdate=2007-12-19] (born January 19, 1974) is an American football offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks team in the National Football League. He was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the sixth overall pick in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft, a pick obtained from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a trade. Jones left Florida State University prior to his senior season after being selected to the second team College Football All-America Team.

Since joining the Seahawks he has started all 168 career games. In his first season with the Seahawks Jones was honored with a consensus first-team All-Rookie selection. He was named the NFL rookie of the month for October 1997 - no other offensive lineman has been so honored. Following the 1999 season Walter became the first Seahawks offensive lineman to play in the Pro Bowl. Jones has been voted to the Pro Bowl 8 times in his career, including the last 7 in a row. He has been selected to the NFL All-Pro team 6 times, including 5 times to the first team. In 2006, "Sporting News" rated him number one on their list of the "NFL's Best 101 Players". He is widely considered to be one of the best offensive tackles in the history of the NFL.

Before the start of the 2005 season he signed a 7-year $50 million contract with the Seahawks, which included more than $20 million in bonuses. Prior to that contract, Jones played under the franchise tag a record three times (the maximum allowable times for any player under the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement).

Jones and his wife Valeria have twins, daughter Waleria and son Walterius.

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External links

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* http://www.seahawks.com/Team/Players.aspx?id=12852
* http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=125343
* http://dwb.thenewstribune.com/sports/story/5162495p-4694965c.html


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