Former UGA star and prospective NFL first round draft choice, Jarvis Jones, was at the Braves’ game Sunday against the Detroit Tigers at Champion Stadium to throw out the first pitch.
Jones was a consensus All-American, and first team All-SEC football player in 2012. Jones played defensive end at Georgia, but projects as an outside linebacker in the NFL.
Jones trains at the Disney World Complex along with several other NFL prospects, including West Virginia’s Tavon Austin, Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher, and Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes.
Coach Tom Shaw, who is the players’ coach at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, has worked with top NFL players like Detroit Lions wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, and Tennessee Titans running back, Chris Johnson.
Accompanied to the mound by Donald Duck, Jones showed good form in delivering his left-handed pitch. Jones displayed a nice overhand motion with good downward movement on the pitch (mainly because there was an arc).
Afterwards, Jones talked about what it was like to stand on the mound and deliver the pitch.
“Nervous man, I wasn’t trying to put it in the dirt or throw it over his head,” Jones said. “He (the catcher) said just be relaxed man, and my fellow Bulldog back there, he took care of me. I threw it a little high, but I think it was a strike. That was fun, we got a great crowd here so it will be exciting to sit back and watch the game.”
Jones is in line to have a big NFL payday, and continued stardom in his football career. But being from the state of Georgia, the Braves are a special organization to many kids growing up. Jarvis Jones is no different.
“It was a great opportunity, I’m glad the Braves organization invited me to do such a thing,” Jones said. “It was a great accomplishment, I’m happy for it, and it was a blessed opportunity. I’ve been a Braves fan from the state of Georgia, so I always represent my home team. I grew up watching the Braves, and I’m very passionate about them being successful. They have a great group, and I’m looking for them to do great things.”