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Dhani Makalani Jones (born February 22, 1978 in San Diegomarker, Californiamarker) is an American football Linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at University of Michigan.

Jones has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints.

Early years

Jones attended middle school at Cabin John Middle Schoolmarker, where he played basketball. As a senior at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Marylandmarker, Jones was an All-Met, All-Western Region, and an All-County pick, and also was ranked the fifth best linebacker prospect in the Atlantic Coast Region. Jones was also a varsity wrestler in high school, as well as a member of his high school's track team.

College career

At the University of Michiganmarker, Jones was a three time All-Big Ten honoree. As a sophomore, Jones started nine games at linebacker and finished second on the team with 90 tackles and six sacks, playing alongside Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson on Michigan's 1997 national champion squad. As a junior in 1998, he started at linebacker and finished with 72 tackles. Lining up at strong side linebacker as a senior in 1999, he finished second on the team with 81 tackles.

Jones is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and is an initiate of the Epsilon chapter at the University of Michiganmarker.

Professional career

New York Giants

Jones was selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired him from the Giants as a free agent in 2004. He started in Super Bowl XXXIX. On April 30, 2007 the Eagles released Jones.

New Orleans Saints

On July 6, 2007, Jones signed with the New Orleans Saints, where he was thought to be able to push for a starting job. However, the Saints released him on September 1, 2007 when beginning to finalize their final roster.

Cincinnati Bengals

On September 19, 2007 he signed with the Bengals. In the 2008 offseason, Jones re-signed with the Bengals.

Dhani Tackles The Globe

Jones is the star of Dhani Tackles the Globe, a series for the Travel Channel in which he learns how to play international sports that are unknown to most Americans. The show had a successful 1st season and will air a second season.


In addition to his prowess as a professional athlete, Jones has shown a variety of skills off the field. He founded a company that sells high-end bowties, and he also writes movie reviews and commentary for Page2 on He hosted the ESPN2 show Timeless. During the 2006 NFL Playoffs, Jones was a correspondent for the NFL Network. On May 31, 2006, he was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony of his former high school.

Jones is also an avid bicyclist, using his fixed gear bicycle to commute to practices and games throughout the year. He also participated in the cycling leg of the Durham Doughman challenge, a team quadrathlon consisting of running, swimming, cycling and food eating.

See also


  2. WWL - AM870 • FM105.3 | News • Talk • Sports | OnDemand@1350 - Dhani Jones among nine Saints cut

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