Harry Jones (American football)

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Harry Jones
No. 23
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1945-07-25)July 25, 1945
Huntington, West Virginia
Died:December 11, 2016(2016-12-11) (aged 71)
Springfield, Arkansas
Career information
NFL Draft:1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • All-America honors (1966)
Career NFL statistics as of 1970
Rushing attempts-yards:44-85
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Harry Lee Jones (July 25, 1945 – December 11, 2016) was an American football running back who played in the National Football League.[1] He was a first-round selection (19th overall pick) by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1967 NFL Draft, and played from 1967 to 1970 for the Eagles. He played college football at Arkansas.

Playing career[edit]


Jones played college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks. In 1965, Jones set a then-school record for rushing yards in a game with 293 yards. He also led the nation in yards per rush in 1965. In 1966, he was a pre-season All-American.[2]


Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Jones was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round (19th overall) of the 1967 NFL Draft. He was signed by the team on July 6, 1967.[3] He was waived on August 2, 1971.[4] Jones tried to make the team again in the 1972 training camp, but was cut on August 8. [5] He played running back, wide receiver and defensive end for the Eagles during his career.

Coaching career[edit]

University of Pittsburgh[edit]

Jones was hired by the Pittsburgh Panthers as an assistant football coach under Johnny Majors on January 21, 1973.[6] In 1975, Jones coached future College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett.[2]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Franke, Russ (October 21, 1975). "Piit's Jones: Easy Rider". Pittsburgh Press. p. 21. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
  3. ^ "Halfback Jones Signs With Eagles". Reading Eagle. Philadelphia. Associated Press. July 7, 1967. p. 18. Retrieved 2010-03-21. The Philadelphia Eagles have signed their No. 1 draft choice, Arkanrunning back Harry Jones, according to Coach Joe Kuharich.
  4. ^ "Csonka And Kiick Practice–But Don't Sign". St. Petersburg Times. August 3, 1971. p. 3-G. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
  5. ^ "Jim Nance". Reading Eagle. August 10, 1972. p. 58. Retrieved 2010-03-21. Three Eagles placed on waivers Tuesday were identified as Harry Jones, tight end; Hank Autry, center, and Benson Rhoads, defensive back. Jones was the No. 1 draft pick in 1967, an All-American halfback at Arkansas. Crippling injuries, including his left knee, kept Jones from making it big as a pro. This year he was switched to defensive end.
  6. ^ "Pittsburgh Hires New Grid Coach". Victoria Advocate. Pittsburgh. Associated Press. January 22, 1973. Retrieved 2010-03-21.