Husky Hall Of Famer Calvin Jones Passes Away At Age 70
Calvin Jones, a former Washington cornerback who went on to play for the Denver Broncos and who was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1983, has died at the age of 70 years old, his family has confirmed.
Born Jan. 26, 1951, Jones grew up in San Francisco and attended Balboa High, where he eventually earned a place in its Hall of Fame. After graduating, he enrolled at the UW, earning varsity letters in 1970, 1971 and 1972.
After earning honorable mention All-America as a junior in 1971, Jones was an Associated Press first-team All-America selection in 1972. He was also a three-time All-Pac-8 and three-time All-Coast first-teamer. Following his senior year, he was winner of the Guy Flaherty Award, the Washington football team's oldest and most prestigious team honor. In 1973, he was named the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Sport Star of the Year.
Jones finished his career No. 3 on the UW's all-time punt return list with an average of 12.7 yards per turn (he still ranks fourth). He also compiled 11 career interceptions, which currently ranks No. 7 (tied) in UW football history.
Selected in the 15th round of the 1973 NFL Draft, Jones played four seasons for the Denver Broncos, starting 44 games and recording 12 interceptions in his professional career.
Following his professional playing career, Jones attended Harvard University's Divinity School and became pastor of Providence Baptist Church in San Francisco, a position his father had held before him.
Jones is survived by his wife, Eunice; daughters Rena Guidry (Daryl) and Aisha Mitchell (Kenneth); and grandchildren Solomon, Kailynn, Kendall, and Kamille.