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W.A. “Dub” Jones – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame

Football, 1943-51
Tulane University/NFL

Inducted: 1984

A native of Ruston, La., W.A. “Dub” Jones has the distinction of being a rare player to play football for both LSU and Tulane. A football, basketball and baseball player at Ruston High School, he helped the Bearcats to the 1941 football state championship.

His high school success led to a football scholarship to LSU, but he only played one year (1942) before enlisting in the United States Navy in World War II. He enlisted in the V-12 Navy College Training Program in which the Navy assigned the individual to a college to earn a bachelor’s degree while becoming a commissioned officer. The Navy assigned Jones to Tulane where he continued his football career.

He earned All-American and All-SEC honors in 1944 as he rushed for 700 yards and four touchdowns.

In 1945, while stationed in New London, Conn., Jones played for a military team while being trained as a fireman on submarines. However, with the war effort winding down, he was allowed to play in the 1946 College All-Star game on August 23, 1946 – Jones and his fellow college stars defeated the defending NFL champion Los Angeles Rams.

Jones, who had been selected No. 2 overall by the Chicago Cardinals in the 1946 NFL Draft, opted to play in the All-America Football Conference for the Miami Seahawks. He was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers late in the 1946 season and played through 1947 in Brooklyn before joining Paul Brown’s Cleveland Browns for the 1948 season.

“During the off-season, Paul Brown called me and asked if I would be interested in playing for Cleveland,” Jones remembered. “Of course, I said, ‘Heck, yes!’  I was exuberant to have the chance to play with them. . . . Paul Brown traded his first-round draft choice, Bob Chappius, for me. And boy, that made me feel really worth something, for Cleveland to trade its first-round draft choice for me. Paul Brown told that story many times, that the greatest trade he ever made was when he traded Chappius to Brooklyn for Dub Jones.”

In seven years with the Cleveland Browns, he was All-NFL, a member of the 1952 Pro-Bowl squad and led the Browns in rushing with 492 yards in 1955. The Browns won three Championships with Jones’ contribution but his biggest day came on November 25, 1951 against the Chicago Bears. In a 42-21 Browns win, Jones scored six touchdowns in the game – on a two-yard run, a 34-yard pass from Otto Graham, a 12-yard run, a 27-yard run, a 43-yard run, and a 43-yard pass from Graham. Six touchdowns in a game remains the Cleveland record.

Jones, who retired from the NFL after the 1955 season, was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1982) and the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame (1982). Born December 29, 1924, he is the father of former NFL quarterback Bert Jones.

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