Leroy Jones is well known as a member of the San Diego Chargers’ “Bruise Brothers”. In 1980, he teamed with All Pro’s Fred Dean, Gary “Big Hands” Johnson, and Louie Kelcher on the defensive front line as the Chargers led the NFL in sacks (60). Jones’ performance in 1980 also led to his selection as an alternate for the NFL Pro Bowl.
Ever since high school, Jones has been known for his athleticism. He excelled in basketball and football and exhibited an athleticism that was unheard and unseen of for men his size. Jones was 6’9 and 270 lbs. Yet he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.5 sec.
He first demonstrated his capabilities as a two sport standout at Amanda Elszy high school in Greenwood, Mississippi where he excelled in football and basketball. Jones led his high school teams to several championships.
At Norfolk State from 1971-1973, he was the center on three CIAA tournament basketball teams. In 1971, 1972, and1973, Jones was selected for the All-CIAA Tournament team. During this period, he also was All-CIAA annually in football as a defensive end.
Additional football honors garnered during this period included the following: Black Sports All-American (1973); Sheridan Black College All-American; and Pittsburgh Courier All-American.
In 1974, Jones played with the Edmonton Eskimos leading them in tackles and sacks in the Grey Cup Championship game. He also was the season leader in these categories as well.
Jones was drafted in the second round of the 1975 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He was the 48th player selected. To date, this is the highest draft choice of any NSU Spartan.
Jones played with the San Diego Chargers from 1976 to 1987 and was an integral part of the defense as the Chargers won the AFC West from 1979-1981 and made the playoffs in 1982.