Why the Green Bay Packers owe the Arizona Cardinals a Super Bowl ring

Mike Jones, #75 is the player that changed the NFL landscape in the 1990s. (Getty Images credit)
Mike Jones, #75 is the player that changed the NFL landscape in the 1990s. (Getty Images credit) /
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Mike Jones had a career that teased him with championships

After leaving Phoenix when the 1993 season was over, Mike Jones signed with the New England Patriots. This is where Jones would accumulate the bulk of his career sacks, tying his career-high with six sacks in his first season wearing the “Flying Elvis”.

Eventually, the Patriots rose out of the darkness in the AFC and were heading back to the Super Bowl for the first time in just over 10 years after their drubbing by the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX – a 46-10 loss. Jones’ opponent? Brett Favre and the  Packers.

The player that was taken after Jones had gone to Atlanta and was not a fit for Jerry Glanville who refused to call Favre by his real name (thanks to Secret Base on finding that). Ron Wolf became GM of the Packers, and Favre transformed Green Bay from a sleeping giant to a force in the NFL.

Jones left without a ring and would go on to play for the St.Louis Rams in 1998. That would be his only year under the St. Louis arch, as Jones signed with the Tennessee Titans before the 1999 season.

Mike Jones meets… Mike Jones

It was in Tennessee which Mike Jones returned to the biggest stage in football, this time reaching Super Bowl XXXIV. The game would play out with St.Louis linebacker Mike Jones making the game-winning stop on the one-yard line as Titans receiver Kevin Dyson stretched to deliver his team to ultimate glory.

Michael David Jones had lost to Michael Anthony Jones- and his former team that he played with the year before. On top of that, the guy who was picked after Jones in the 1991 NFL Draft (Favre) also beat him three years earlier for a Super Bowl title.

The crazier thing about the other Mike Jones is that his first season was also in 1991. And after playing running back at the University of Missouri, he switched to Linebacker upon signing as an undrafted free agent.

1999 would be the final year for Phoenix’s Mike Jones, as he retired after the season.