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Morgan State Bears hire former Super Bowl champion Jacoby Jones as Tight Ends Coach

Jan 3, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) returns a kick-off against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. The Ravens won 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Morgan State Bears football team announced on Wednesday that they have hired former Super Bowl champion Jacoby Jones as their team’s tight ends coach.

Jacoby Jones is a product of HBCUs attending Lane College where he played football as a punt/kick returner earning All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) honors and won SIAC Player of the Year three times.

Jones entered the NFL as the 73rd overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He went on to play nine seasons in the NFL with the Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and then-San Diego Chargers.

In 2012, Jones had his best NFL season as he was selected to his lone Pro Bowl and All-Pro team as well as winning the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. In the Super Bowl, Jones set the NFL record for longest kick return in Super Bowl history, returning the opening second-half kickoff for 108 yards.

Jacoby Jones comes into the position with prior coaching experience serving as the wide receiver coach for his alma mater Lane College for two seasons and in a similar role with Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland.

This hiring continues the trend of former NFL stars accepting jobs at HBCU football programs. Recently, former Heisman winner and Pro Bowler Eddie George was hired as the head coach for Tennessee State University’s football team. Most notably, Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders was hired as the head football coach of Jackson State University.