Former offensive tackle Tony Jones, a starter on two Super Bowl championship teams with the Denver Broncos in the late 1990s, died Friday at age 54.
The team announced his passing but did not state a cause of death.
Jones played with the Broncos from 1997 to 2000, his final four NFL seasons. He played right tackle and helped Denver beat the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII after the 1997 season, then served as the left tackle when the Broncos topped the Atlanta Falcons in the following Super Bowl. He made the Pro Bowl in the 1998 season.
Undrafted out of Western Carolina, Jones broke into the NFL with the Browns in 1988, and he played in Cleveland through 1995.
After playing for the Baltimore Ravens in their inaugural 1996 season, he joined the Broncos.
Jones started all but five games in his last 11 seasons, making 16 starts in a year nine times.
Broncos Hall of Famer Steve Atwater tweeted of Jones, who was nicknamed T-Bone, “One heck of a guy who would destroy you on the field, but had a heart of gold. We’re going to miss you Bone! RIP and God Bless his family.”
Yessir! One heck of a guy who would destroy you on the field, but had a heart of gold. We’re going to miss you Bone! RIP and God Bless his family. https://t.co/kncbE04i6B
— Steve Atwater (@SteveAtwater27) January 22, 2021
–Field Level Media