INDIANAPOLIS – One image over the weekend was a pretty accurate representation of what the Colts are getting in
It was wedding time for Jones and, along with tying the knot, the Colts defensive end wanted to have a little fun.
So there’s Jones and his new wife heading into the Syracuse weight room to get a quick “lift” in before continuing on with their wedding festivities.
It’s pretty clear the Colts have a found a player, and a personality, that fans should enjoy watching for years to come.
“We got a guy who’s a great person, number one,” defensive line coach Gary Emanuel says. “He’s a tremendous football player, number two. He’s a team-first guy, very unselfish.
“He loves to play against the run. In the defensive line area, you have to be a guy that loves to use up blockers and take on double teams, all those things and that’s what Art brings to the table. He brings versatility to the front defensive line, so hopefully he’ll make a great addition to our unit.”
A few weeks back, Jones took a tour of the Colts memorabilia room at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center
When Jones came across the Colts Lombardi Trophy, something he has hoisted himself, back in 2013, he showed his comedic side with a brief “dusting” of the trophy with his shirt.
Jones came to Indianapolis in hopes of getting his paws back on that piece of crystal.
“It’s just a whole bunch of guys that want greatness, want championships and really believe and bought into this program,” Jones says. “That’s one of the main reasons why I’m here, to help win and do whatever it takes to get another championship and hoist that trophy again. There’s no better feeling, I’ll tell you.”
Emanuel also addressed the type of player the Colts have added in Jones.
Yes, Jones relishes playing in the trenches and as the Colts nine-week offseason program came to a close, he liked what he was seeing in his new defensive unit.
“I don’t want to speak too soon but I think this year is going to special,” Jones told 1070 The Fan.
“We’ve got a whole bunch of guys who are bullies and that’s what you need on defense, a guy who’s going to step up, get in someone’s face and play hard. It makes me want to play hard for them.”
Jones comes from a competitive family that has produced three extremely high level professional athletes.
When Jones and Chuck Pagano talked earlier this spring, the former Ravens defender wanted to reassure himself that he was walking into a climate willing to make the necessary sacrifices.
“Guys really leave their ego at the door. There’s no man bigger than the team here,” Jones said.
“That’s something I believe to get the job done, win a championship, we have to be on one page and one unit. I strongly believe that is what’s happening here. There’s no individuals here. It’s just a blessing to be here.”