Turns out, James Jones’ game-changing abilities are not relegated solely to the gridiron.
Jones, entering his seventh season as a member of the Green Bay Packers wide receiver corps, provided his former stomping grounds, Gunderson High School (San Jose, Calif.), with a much-needed assist this week in the form of funds donated for the purchase of additional football equipment.
“I know him personally and have never called him and asked,” cited Gunderson head football coach Steve Papin on Wednesday, as reported by mercurynews.com. “He loves Gunderson football. He loves the school. He’s always called and said, ‘Do you need any help? I’m going to give you this.’
“He donated some shoes to us this year, cleats. His wife called and said, ‘Hey, there is a box on the way.’”
Jones, selected by Green Bay in the third round (78th overall) of the 2007 NFL draft out of San Jose State, as reported by the mercurynews.com, contributed enough money to cover 15 helmets which cost upwards of around $200 apiece.
The shortage of equipment is, largely, a byproduct of a greater than expected turnout for the sport this season.
The 29-year-old Jones, whose jersey is retired by the school, has appeared in 90 contests for the Packers (32 of which were starts), while amassing career totals of 251 receptions for 3,488 yards and 34 touchdowns, headlined by a team-high 14 this past season.