NFL Greatest Unsung Heroes In History of All 32 Teams

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 8: Joe Jurevicius #83 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball while pursued by Ray Buchanan #34 of the Atlanta Falcons during the NFL game on December 8, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Falcons 34-10. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 8: Joe Jurevicius #83 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball while pursued by Ray Buchanan #34 of the Atlanta Falcons during the NFL game on December 8, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Falcons 34-10. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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6 Dec 1998: Tackle Tony Jones #77 of the Denver Broncos looks on during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 35-31.
6 Dec 1998: Tackle Tony Jones #77 of the Denver Broncos looks on during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 35-31. /

Denver Broncos

45. . OT. Denver Broncos. Tony Jones . 10. player

Offensive linemen rarely get the credit for when teams win the big games. Mostly that’s because there’s no tangible stat to help determine exactly how well they played. It’s often why offensive lines are considered successes or failures in a group. However, there are rare cases where an individual can stand out. Tony Jones was that man for the Denver Broncos.

One can unequivocally say that their first two Super Bowl championships took place thanks to the singular efforts of Jones’ blocking. To help understand this, a little context is needed. In his first three Super Bowl appearances, John Elway was sacked a combined 12 times. An average of four per game. It’s little wonder he struggled in those defeats. In the two victories in 1997 and 1998 though? He sacked zero times. Big difference.

Jones was a focal point of that success. In the first Super Bowl against Green Bay, he was tasked with blocking future Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White. This he did to tremendous effect. White didn’t even register on the stat sheet. A year later Jones went up against star Atlanta Falcons pass rusher Chuck Smith in the Super Bowl. Smith, like White, accomplished nothing.

Elway won MVP honors and rode off into the sunset. Jones could be thanked a ton for that.