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Julio Jones: A Brief Biography of Your Favorite Athlete

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TAMPA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 13: Julio Jones #85 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League, Julio Jones is an American (NFL). The Atlanta Falcons selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Before that, he played football in college for Alabama, where he earned the SEC Freshman of the Year, First-Team All-SEC, and Second-Team All-SEC honours. He also guided his team to the SEC Western Division Championship victory with a perfect 14-0 record.

He has played for the Falcons for seven seasons and has received five Pro Bowl invitations and two first-team All-Pro selections. He once guided his team to the playoffs, but they fell to the New England Patriots in “Super Bowl LI.” In 2016 and 2017, he was named eighth and third, respectively, on the NFL Top 100 Players list.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Quintorris Lopez Jones Jr.

Age: 33 Years, 33 Year Old Males

Family

Mother: Queen Marvin

Black Sportspersons American Football Players

Height: 6’3″ (190 cm), 6’3″ Males

U.S. State: Alabama, African-American From Alabama

Childhood & Early Life

  • Quintorris Lopez Jones, Julio Jones’s birth name, was Quintorris Jones on February 8, 1989, in Foley, Alabama. His sole caregiver was Queen Marvin, who managed a fast-food restaurant. When he was just five years old, his father left the household.
  • His mother was severe about keeping him away from the dangerous area where he was raised. He has a close relationship with his older brother Phillip, who suffered gunshot wounds in 2014 and lost his arm.
  • He went to Foley High School in Alabama, where he played wide receiver and defensive end for the Lions high school football team. As a junior, he caught 75 passes for 1,306 yards and 16 touchdowns, totalling 16 points. He took part in the High School Under Armour All-America Game, and on National Signing Day, he made his live ESPNU announcement as a five-star recruit that he would be joining the Alabama Crimson Tide.
  • In addition to being a star track athlete who was voted the state’s “Gatorade T&F Athlete of the Year” in 2006–07, he started for the basketball team. In 2006 and 2007, as well as in the high jump 2007, he won the state championships in the long jump, triple jump, and both.

College Career

  • On August 30, 2008, Julio Jones made history as the first true freshman wide receiver to start for the Crimson Tide against the Clemson Tigers in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff. After a breakthrough season, he was selected as the SEC Freshman of the Year, second-team All-SEC, and SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman Team by the end of the year.
  • He was one of just four players selected unanimously to the ‘All-SEC Coaches Football Team’ before the commencement of the 2009 season (first team). He guided his previously underperforming team to 12-0 wins to the SEC Western Title but lost the SEC championship game and the Sugar Bowl after going through a “sophomore slump” in the first part of the season.
  • He had back-to-back strong performances to open his junior year, and by the time the season was up, he had racked up 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns on 78 receptions, making him the fourth player in Alabama history to set the mark. He concluded his three-year college career as the second player in Alabama history in receptions (179), yards (2,653), and touchdown catches. He was named to the first-team All-SEC in 2010. (15).

Professional Career

  • Julio Jones decided to forgo his senior year of college in January 2011 to declare for the NFL Draft. Despite having a broken bone, Julio Jones displayed exceptional performance at the 2011 NFL Combine in February. To advance in the draught and choose him with the sixth choice in the first round, the Atlanta Falcons traded five draught picks to the Cleveland Browns.
  • On July 28, 2011, he committed to a four-year deal with the Falcons, and on September 11, he made his professional debut against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in a defeat. Despite a sluggish start, he completed the season second among rookies in yards and touchdowns and led all rookies in touchdown receptions. He also made his playoff debut against the New York Giants.
  • His team had a 13-3 record at the start of the 2012 season, which helped them secure the top seed in the NFC for the NFL playoffs. However, they were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers in the championship game. With 79 receptions for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns at the end of the season, he was nominated for the Pro Bowl for the first time.
  • He once more got out to a strong start the next season, this time against the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and St. Louis Rams. He injured his foot in the fifth game, forcing him to miss the entire season, yet he still managed to rank 76th among 458 eligible players in receiving yards.
  • He set a career-high on November 30, 2014, against the Arizona Cardinals, compiling 189 receiving yards on 10 receptions. The following week, against the Green Bay Packers, he eclipsed that mark with 259 yards on 11 grabs. His season total of 104 receptions for 1,593 yards was first in the NFC and third overall in the NFL, placing him top in both categories.
  • He signed a five-year contract extension with the Falcons on August 29, 2015, and in the second week of the season, against the Giants, he had a career-high 13 receptions for 135 yards. With 1,871 yards and 136 receptions, which are both Falcons team records and the second-highest totals in NFL history, he concluded the historic 2015 season as the eighth-best player on the “NFL Top 100 Players” list.
  • On October 2, 2016, he and Matt Ryan made history by being the first quarterback/wide receiver combination to amass 500+ passing yards in a single game. He was also the sixth NFL player to reach 300 receiving yards. He was the top wide receiver and ranked third on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 with 83 receptions on 129 targets for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns.
  • He was chosen for the Pro Bowl roster for the fourth time and was voted “First-team All-Pro” for the second year in a row, even though his team qualified for the playoffs as the No. 2 seed. He played in his first Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, and despite his incredible catch with the team leading 28-20, they lost the game in overtime, 34-28.
  • In their defeat to the New England Patriots in a Super Bowl LI rematch, he scored his first receiving touchdown of the 2017 campaign. His outstanding performance in week 12—12 receptions for 253 receiving yards and two touchdowns—earned him the title of “NFC Offensive Player of the Week” and his sixth Pro Bowl nomination.

Awards & Achievements

Julio Jones was recognised as the SEC Freshman of the Year and Second-team All-SEC in 2008 during his time in college. In 2010, he received the “First-team All-SEC” honour.

Since 2012, he has been selected for the Pro Bowl five times, missing only one in 2013. Additionally, he was selected to be the First Team All-Pro in 2015 and 2016.

Trivia

Since she was expecting a girl, Julio Jones’ mother gave him the name “Quintorris.” Later, when he was in the seventh grade, she began referring to him as “Julio.”

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