Julio Jones will always be a fan-favorite among the Atlanta Falcons faithful despite how his career with the Falcons ended. An infamous phone call on the set of FS1’s Undisputed cleared up any misconceptions about Julio’s future.
The receiver was tired of losing and frustrated with Atlanta and demanded his way out. Despite the ending Jones had given the best years of his career to the Falcons and will go down as one of the best players to ever wear an Atlanta uniform.
He is easily a first-ballot no doubt Hall-of-Famer who has carried himself with a lot of class and a team-first attitude many receivers of his era lack.
Now as a member of the Tenessee Titans Julio Jones has a chance to get the one thing he couldn’t with the Atlanta Falcons, a ring
Lost in the 28-3 memes and the consistent jokes surrounding the Falcons meltdown to the Patriots is what Jones did in the playoffs. Julio gave Atlanta everything they could have hoped for in their playoff run, after years of often being the sole source of the Falcons offense Jones finally had help around him.
The Super Bowl wasn’t Julio’s best game, however, he made the play that should have won the game for Atlanta. Lost among Brady’s greatness and the Falcon’s choice not to run the ball is the catch Julio made with the game on the line.
Bracketed by defenders Jones went up and caught a Matt Ryan pass that few in this league would have been capable of catching. Jones made the catch and put Atlanta in field goal range with a 28-20 lead.
Everyone knows what followed and it will haunt Falcons fans for the rest of time. However, it is important to remember it was Jones and Ryan who made the play that should have won the Super Bowl.
Jones made an impossible catch only to see it go to waste thanks to Atlanta’s terrible decision-making.
Now as a part of the Titans and sitting as the one-seed Jones has a chance at redemption and finding the one thing his resume lacks. Jones has put up eye-popping numbers for a decade and has proven he is a playoff performer.
The only thing that is lacking from the receiver’s resume is a Super Bowl win. One that would help wipe away the memory of what could have been with Atlanta.
Now as the third option on the Titans Jones is going to have a chance to step up and help deliver a team that is unlikely to be favored if they manage to make it past the Bengals in game one.
The Atlanta Falcon’s season is over leaving their fans searching for a team to pull for as we head towards February. They should look no further than the Tenessee Titans and Julio Jones. With our Falcons unlikely to get back to the mountaintop anytime soon watching Julio finally win it all would be a nice consolation prize for a player that gave the Falcons franchise everything he had.