Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Tyrone Jones - Linebacker - Southern University - 1983-90


Cancer claims former CFLer Tyrone Jones - - 12-06-2008

One-time Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Tyrone Jones, who won many battles on the football field in the 1980s, lost his fight with brain cancer on Tuesday at age 46.

The colourful and outspoken Jones, who was diagnosed with cancer in August 2005, died in his native Georgia.

"This is a very sad day. However, we need to remember and celebrate the person of Tyrone Jones, the player of Tyrone Jones and the human being that was Tyrone Jones," Blue Bombers president Lyle Bauer, a former teammate of Jones, said in a statement.

"He made a huge, huge impact on this football team and this league."

Jones helped Winnipeg capture two Grey Cup titles during his eight-year tenure with the Canadian Football League club (1983-'87, 1989-'91).

On the field, he was a master of trash talking and backed it up with a combative, rugged playing style that made him a thorn in the side of many offensive co-ordinators. Teaming with James "Wild" West the Blue Bomber defence was the envy of the league throughout the majority of the 1980's.

Tyrone Jones   Southern Univ
Yr Team Tkl Sack Fumb TD
1983 Wpg - 17.5 0 0
1984 Wpg - 20.5 0 0
1985 Wpg - 11 0 0
1986 Wpg - 10 2 0
1987 Wpg 36 15 2 2
1988 Played in NFL    
1989 Wpg 33 5 1 1
1990 Wpg 49 11 2 0
1991 Wpg 20 8 0 0
1992 Ssk 72 4 1 0
1993 BC 25 8 1 0
Total 11 235 110 9 3

He was a four-time CFL all-star and still holds the Winnipeg career sack record (98) along with Grey Cup records for most sacks in a game (four) and most career Grey Cup sacks (five). In 1988, he went to the NFL and spent 1 season with the Phoenix Cardinals playing in 1 game. He would return to the Blue Bombers in 1989.

Jones anchored a Bombers defence that helped the team capture CFL titles in 1984 and 1990. He was the '84 Grey Cup MVP and in 1985 was named the CFL's top defensive player.

The former Southern University star also spent time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and B.C. Lions.

Jones had an unsuccessful tryout with the National Football League's Phoenix Cardinals in 1988.

He is survived by his three sons. Funeral services are pending.