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Robert Jones


Inducted 2004
Hometown: Blackstone, Va.
Sport: Football (1988-91)
Position: Linebacker
Coach: Bill Lewis

Robert Jones, the most decorated linebacker in ECU football history, was a consensus All-America choice as a senior in 1991 and one of three finalists for the Butkus award. Jones was co-captain of the 1991 team that finished ranked No. 9 nationally with an 11-1 record and a Peach Bowl victory. He received Freshman All-America honors and earned All-America honorable mention honors the next season. By the time his senior season arrived, he was a preseason All-American and on both the Butkus and Lombardi Award Watch List. He finished his career ranked second on the school's career tackles list with 478 and became the first Pirate to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. He was selected 24th overall by the Dallas Cowboys and won three Super Bowl Championships with the Cowboys. He played with five teams during his 11-year career.