Former Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Kory Jones has accepted the position of strength and conditioning assistant coach with the Denver Broncos.
“Even though I love football and wanted to continue playing, this was a better life choice,” Jones told Coloradoan.com reporter Kelly Lyell.
Jones was placed on the CFL’s retired list by the Edmonton Eskimos Monday. He signed a one-year contract with the Esks during free agency in February. The 30-year-old is a seven-year CFL veteran and two-time Grey Cup champion, winning with Edmonton in 2015 and Winnipeg last season.
“If all goes as planned, I’ll live more life post football than I will with football in terms of playing, so how could I best transition from my playing career to still be around the game at the highest level? Not too many guys get an opportunity like this to transition so smoothly,” Jones said.
In 76 career CFL games, Jones recorded 106 defensive tackles, 51 special teams tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble. Jones entered the league in 2013 with the B.C. Lions. He previously spent time with the Eskimos (2015, 2017-2019), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2016) and Bombers (2019).
“I want to try and excel at this, be good at it, become one of the best in the business,” Jones said. “That’s my goal right now.”
The Rocky Mountain High School graduate had stints with two NFL teams, the Arizona Cardinals (2013) and Green Bay Packers (2014). He played in five pre-season games recording 11 total tackles, one interception and defended one pass.
For several off-seasons Jones trained under current Broncos strength and conditioning coach, Loren Landow. That connection led to a role in the Mile High City. Landow will mentor Jones in a new way as the two work together in Denver.
“What I’m most excited with this job is I’m back to being around him every day and being able to see the process,” Jones said, “seeing and observing the process of how he handles and approaches the joy every day.”