Former Seahawks TE Rod Jones Dies

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Former Seahawks tight end Rod Jones died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday, December 8. He was 54.

Jones had a short career with the Seahawks, playing in four games in the 1989 season after spending the previous two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

“The Seahawks brought me in at a time when I thought my career was over,” Jones recalled. “I was with Kansas City at the time and came back to Seattle. My thought was retirement, and I called the Seahawks just out of the blue. I said ‘Hey, this is Rod Jones, I’m in town, if you guys need my services give me a call.’ I was watching the Seahawks the following week and the tight end goes down; not even thinking they would call me. That Monday they called me. I went in and took my physical and the following week I was on the team.”

(Rod Jones video feature from August, 2017)

Jones had been an academic coordinator for the University of Washington athletic department for almost two decades, and was a standout for the Huskies from 1984-1986. He was a member of the 1984 Washington team that finished the season with a record of 11-1 and went on to defeat Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl to earn a national title. He finished his career at Washington as a team captain, while holding all of the school’s all-time receiving records for a tight end.

“The University of Washington football family lost one of its own Saturday,” said head football coach Chris Petersen. “Rod was a committed Husky and we are deeply saddened by his tragic passing. He will be missed sorely by our student-athletes, our coaches and staff, and the impact he left on our program will never be forgotten.”