Toronto-born receiver Mike Jones shows up where he’s supposed to be and performs – no excuses.
After being put through the ringer at the CFL Combine from March 11-13, Jones boarded a Sunday night flight to Louisiana for his Southern University Pro Day on Monday, March 14. 32 NFL teams and one CFL team watched Jones go through all the standard football testing events on Southern’s campus in Baton Rouge, less than 18 hours after he finished one-on-ones at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium.
The five-foot-11, 178 lbs. pass catcher took a five-hour flight, got to bed at 12:30 a.m. central time in a hotel, woke up at 5:45 a.m. to eat and stepped on the field to begin warming up at 7 a.m. Jones recorded a 33.5-inch vertical, 10-foot, 1-inch broad, 6.93-second three-come, 4.10-second shuttle and blazed a 4.43-second 40-yard time.
Impressive results considering the physical demands his body was put through over an entire combine and then hopping on a plane while changing time zones. And he bettered his results in every case except for the broad jump.
“I can barely walk,” Jones said after completing his Southern University Pro Day. “If I didn’t believe in the grind before this, I definitely do now.”
Now the speedy, playmaking receiver has lots of time to recover.
“My body is beat so I will take a week off, heal up and get right back at it,” Jones says.
Clearly Jones is doing all he can to launch stardom as a pro football player like his grandpa, Clyde Gray, who retired after a star Canadian boxing career.