Landon Jones | Southwestern Assemblies of God University | LB
Twitter: @ImLandonJones | Instagram: @_landonian_
Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose Southwestern Assemblies of God?
A: I wasn’t highly recruited out of high school and the recruiting was slow for me. SAGU gave me an opportunity to play and make a name for myself so that is what I did. It was still close to home and the choice I made felt like the right choice. Especially since they are the only team that really took a true interest in me.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment in my sports career so far will have to be making the All-American team my Junior year. Being known as one of the best linebackers in the nation at the NAIA level is a big accomplishment, because it shows I have the skills and the ability to play the game at a high level.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Southwestern Assemblies of God University?
A: One of the most important things I learned from the coaching staff is that you can’t separate your football life from your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. That goes for anything in our life, because we can’t let the things that are done in our everyday lives get in the way of our relationship with our heavenly father Our relationship with Jesus is the most important in our time here on earth. God should be involved with football, training and everyday life, because he gave us the ability and talent to do these things. They are one, and once we become in sync with that, overcoming obstacles and chasing the dreams we desire become much easier.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: 2020 was a tough year for me as I believe it was tough for all. I’ve had many obstacles to overcome with the injuries, being a small school player, and having unfortunate circumstances happen to me. In all that, I trained my body, mind and spirit. I persevered through it all by putting my head down and getting to work. Nothing is given in this world you must go out and earn it. What I learned is that no matter what obstacle is put in your way, it is up to me to push and fight through it or allow it to hold me back. I choose work.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major is Business Administration and my plans are to either open up a business or get into coaching. The business will be sports/health related and coaching is also an interest of mine. Both are lines of work where I can help others and spread the knowledge that I have to help people chase what they desire.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: They would say I am an intelligent player. I am competitive, tough and hardworking.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: My most memorable play would have to be my goal line stand against Langston my Junior year of playing college ball. It was 4th down and they went for it at the 1 going into halftime and it was a big stop that kept us the lead going into halftime.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge would have to be coming back from breaking my hand and training my upper body to regain the strength I once had. It was super challenging not being able to lift for 2 months and given everything I lost I had to train 2 times harder than I had to before.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would have to say my father Lenoy Jones Sr. when he played in the NFL. I am basically him since he is my father. He trained me and gave me the knowledge I have now, and I possess the same qualities he has.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: My biggest strength is my willingness to do anything for the team. I am willing to sacrifice my time, and body for the team’s goals to win games. My senior year I played through many injuries to help my team compete. I studied hours of film to help put us in better position to win games. My willingness to put my team before myself is my biggest strength and teams should consider me for that alone. The talent, speed, strength, agility, polishing up on my weaknesses can all be worked on. The thing that I won’t allow be taken away from me is my knowledge of the game, my effort and my willingness to give my all to the team, to the organization, because I am committing myself to an organization who put enough thought and trust into giving me an opportunity to represent them.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: When I have a chance to give back to my community I do. I am not involved in anything, but I do give to the poor, donate when I can. Any mentoring I do it is in the summer when I have recently volunteered for my old high school strength and conditioning program. I currently substitute at my old high school as well as they have needed substitute teachers more than ever since the pandemic has happened.
My major is Business Administration and my plans are to either open up a business or get into coaching. The business will be sports/health related and coaching is also an interest of mine. Both are lines of work where I can help others and spread the knowledge that I have to help people chase what they desire.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: How I prepare involves many aspects from speed, strength and mobility. As a linebacker, you have to be able to run with the best of them. Linebacker is a versatile and durable position, so speed and mobility does play a huge role. My goal is to be an all-around player. I am not only limited to playing linebacker; Pass rushing is something I inspire to do as well.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: Playing at the next level whether it is CFL, or the NFL. I believe I have the knowledge, and talent to play and compete with anybody at any level no matter what size I am. I am a competitor at the end of the day.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy boxing. I include boxing as a part of my training as well, as it is a mentally and a physically tough thing to do. People don’t realize how much cardio and power and speed is involved until you are actually in the fire. I enjoy that and thrive off of it, because boxing is you against you.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: It would have to be getting everyone to love and understand one another. Which is a difficult thing to do. You don’t have to like everyone or agree with what they say but you should respect what is being said, because you would like the same treatment. I think people should come to know Jesus Christ and get into the Bible at the end of the day so we can all be saved and come to love one another. As human beings we aren’t meant to hate or be negative; we thrive off love and positivity. I think if we get to where we understand one another and care about each other the world will become just that much better. It won’t resolve everything, but it will be a step in the right direction
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My parents have been influential in my life, because they have worked for everything they have. Listening to all their stories and what they have been through is inspiring and I strive to be better, I respect everything they have done for me and my brothers and they do nothing but support our dreams and aspirations whatever they may be for us.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I like to draw. It is a hobby of mine and people are actually surprised by it. Most of the work I do involves vehicles or tattoos. It’s something I like to do because it allows me to still be creative and be who I am while in the comfort of my home.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: Dream job would have to be an automobile designer. Designing trucks and cars all day as a job would be great and very relaxing. It pays well too while doing something I enjoy. It may seem lame to others, but it actually sounds great to me, because I already draw vehicles for free. Getting paid to do it is just a bonus. It is like getting paid to play this game that I love or getting paid to box.