53 Days Until Kickoff Means....Greg Jones

53 Days Until Kickoff Means....Greg Jones

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53 Days Until Kickoff Means....Greg Jones

The countdown to kickoff continues and with 53 days left, there is only one Spartan that comes to mind….

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Greg Jones played football for Michigan State like a Tasmanian Devil with a Jim Pethokoukis-esque intelligence quotient and a Warren Buffet-esque discipline.

Greg Jones became the first Spartan to earn back-to-back consensus First Team All American status in 2009 and 2010 since Bubba Smith and George Webster went back-to-back in the Duffy years of 1965 and 1966.

Stop and let that one sink in for a moment.

Following his senior year, Jones became the seventh Spartan to earn First Team All Big Ten honors for three straight years.

Jones led the Spartans in tackles for four consecutive seasons.

Stop and let that one sink in for a moment.

Prior to Jones’s senior season, the smart people at CollegeFootballNews.com named Greg Jones the #1 overall player in all of college football.

Former maniacally smart and dangerously tenacious defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi described Greg Jones by saying, “He’s a tackling machine who is the heart and soul of the defensive unit.”

Greg Jones was one of the captains of the 2010 Michigan State Spartans and he helped lead the team to the Big Ten Championship.

There are some people out there who, for unknown reasons, have it in their heads that Michigan State doesn’t send very many football players to the NFL.

Those people are not smart people.

Greg Jones has a Super Bowl Championship ring in his personal portfolio of assets thanks to being a starting middle linebacker on the 2011 New York Football Giants.

This man, Greg Jones, was an absolute wrecking machine on the football field and he set in motion a tone and a standard of defensive excellence that Spartans like Joe Bachie are upholding.

Percy Snow, Max Bullough, Bubba Smith, George Webster, Carl Banks, Brad Van Pelt – these are all badasses who have a special place in the hearts of all Spartans.

Greg Jones might deserve his own spot in the entirety of every Spartan’s spleen – his own organ, all to himself.

According to MindAmuse.com, the spleen is the 6th most important human organ.

Ahead of the spleen, in order, are:  #5, the stomach; #4, the liver; #3, the lungs; and then the heart comes in at #2 with the brain taking the top spot.

Why should Greg Jones have the spleen as his own organ and not the other, more highly ranked organs?

The stomach is a bit boring and doesn’t really possess the enigmatic allure of the spleen and Jones deserves an organ that brings a bit of cache beyond just a place where food goes.

The liver is really kind of an internal landfill where really venal waste resides and Jones is, frankly, of far greater worth than a spongey landing spot for booze and filth.

And that really leaves the lungs since the heart is being left to the consortium of Spartans who all have special places throughout the heart and the brain is the #1 organ and that organ is reserved for when Coach D decides to kick his feet up after he raises several College Football Playoff National Championship trophies over the course of the next five-to-seven years.

So, Greg Jones gets the spleen.

All to himself.

That’s how great of a Spartan Greg Jones is.

With 53 days left to go until kickoff, we all know that there is no other Spartan for the moment other than Greg Jones.

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