Seven legendary players will be immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, including Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, Aeneas Williams, and of course our very own Walter Jones. The enshrinement ceremony will be held Saturday night, Aug. 2, 2014 starting at 7PM ET/4PM PT.
Jones is a universally-loved and respected fan favorite here in Seattle and is generally recognized as one of the best left tackles of all time. He's, in my opinion, the best of all time, but there have surely been some greats to play the game so we'll leave the superlatives out of it and just point to these stats (as I wrote earlier this week):
Walter Jones -- playing at a premium position, one of the most highly-coveted, highly-drafted and highly-paid positions in the game -- was called for holding nine times in his 12-year career. That's nine infractions in 5,703 pass plays. Nine. Less than double digits. NINE. IN 5,703 PASS PLAYS. Nine times in 12 years. That's (checks math) less than once per season. In the NFL. That's once every 634 plays.
Jones allowed just 23 sacks during his entire career -- two of which, I should probably point out, came in the final game of his career while lined up against DeMarcus Ware, with Jones fighting a knee injury that eventually required surgery. 23 sacks in 5,703 pass plays. That's less than two per season.
That's pretty good.
Stay tuned for more on Walter's enshrinement speech, which will be given by his son Walterius, and hopefully some great video from the event. In the meantime, head over to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website to check out some great video content of the great Walter Jones.
Here's what they've highlighted about Big Walt.
Tackle ... 6-5, 300 ... Holmes Comm. College (MS); Florida State ... 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks ... 12 seasons, 180 games ... Drafted in 1st round (6th player overall) of 1997 NFL Draft ... Seahawks traded up to select Jones as sixth overall pick ... Ability on football field was evident from start ... Earned starting left tackle spot during rookie training camp, named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in October, and a consensus pick for multiple all-rookie teams ... Provided blindside protection for quarterback Warren Moon as Seahawks topped NFL in total passing yards that season ...
Following 1999 season, Jones became first offensive lineman in Seahawks history elected to Pro Bowl ... First of team-record nine All-Star nods ... In 2001 was recognized with first selection as first-team All-Pro ... Highlights included Jones and line mates opening holes for Shaun Alexander's 266-yard day that, at time, was fourth highest single-game rushing total in NFL history ... Earned All-Pro honors five more times (2002, 2004-07) ...
A team leader, Jones was integral part of Alexander's MVP season in 2005 ... Jones helped his running back chalk up a franchise-record and league-high 1,880 yards while establishing the then NFL mark for touchdowns in a season (28) as Seattle led the NFL in scoring with 452 points ... Jones' team-record 10 playoff starts included 2005 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XL ... Named to NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s ... Born January 19, 1974 in Aliceville, Alabama.