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Getting to know... Alabama's Barrett Jones

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Barrett Jones in the IMG Academy weight room

It’s been called “The World’s Toughest Job Interview.” For seven days at the NFL Combine (Feb. 20-26), college football’s best will be measured, interviewed, tested, watched and analyzed by countless NFL coaches, general managers and scouts prior to the NFL Draft. To prepare, more than three-dozen top prospects traveled to IMG Academy for six-plus weeks of position-specific skill-work, speed and movement, physical and mental conditioning, communications and leadership training, nutrition, vision training, sports medicine and more with world-renowned coaches and trainers. 

Barrett Jones, four-year offensive lineman for Alabama, was able to win not one, not two, but three national championships in four years! The 6’4, 304 lb lineman is a proud member of the Alabama Crimson Tide football tradition, and has two younger brothers following in his footsteps. After a workout and massage at IMG Academy, Jones expands on his unique winning experience at Alabama, playing through his foot injury, and the best fans in college football.

Barrett Jones on…

…training at IMG Academy

I have really enjoyed it. So far I feel like I have gotten a lot out of it. I’ve really learned a lot about running, what it takes to really be fast, and exactly how to train for this Combine. I’m very excited to be here. But what makes IMG special isn’t the all the special gadgets that are here but it’s the people. They’re really dedicated to making us better football players.

…his hometown, Germantown, Tennessee

I love my hometown, but I haven’t been there much in the past couple years since I’ve been so busy with football. But my parents still live there, and I have one younger brother that still lives at home. So I get down there as often as I can. I really loved growing up there.

…his biggest dream as a kid

Once I started playing football, my dream was to play in the NFL. I really didn’t start playing until the 6th grade but when I started playing, I knew I loved it. I knew it was something I wanted to do for a long time. So, I made it a goal to play in the NFL and hopefully I’ll have a chance to achieve that.

…winning 3 national championships

It’s been special. We had a special group of guys there as a core foundation. Everyone was committed to excellence. We were able to achieve some really cool things. And winning three out of four is something I’ll never forget. The overall experience at Alabama was something very special and the people there are very special to me.

…the NFL Combine

It’s a little different because it’s kind of like a track meet, and I won’t be doing a lot of the stuff because of my injured foot. It’s a lot of pressure, but we are being trained and equipped on how to deal with the pressure and turn it into success. I’m excited about it though. It’s an opportunity to tell everyone who this guy is that they might have on their team.

…Alabama fans

They’re awesome; they’re the best in the country. They’re crazy, they follow us everywhere, and they travel well. They make our stadium one of the hardest places to play. They’re great and I’m really going to miss them. It’s just been a real cool experience down in Tuscaloosa.

…becoming an Alabama Alumni

I haven’t really thought about that much but I guess I am technically an Alabama Alumni, and it’s cool to be part of a rich tradition in history of guys who have played there. Now to be a past player is a weird thing. But I look forward to going back as a fan and alumni. And I look forward to seeing Coach Saban and the Tide continue to do big things.

…his versatility on the offensive line

I think it’s definitely an asset. Anytime you can play multiple positions in the NFL, when you only carry a certain number of linemen, it can help you find a spot on the team. I try to use it to my advantage. I’ve enjoyed every position and I have viewed each new position as a challenge.

…his two younger brothers

One of them is at Alabama now playing tightend. The other is committed to go there next year. Both of them are good athletes, probably a lot better than me. Harrison, my middle brother, and I are best friends and we’ve actually roomed together the past few years at Alabama. My younger brother, Walker, and I are also very close. I’m very close with all my family, and my family is very important to me.

…playing through injury

Something you have to learn to do in football. I was fortunate to be able to play through my past injury and get a chance to play in my third national championship game. We have an awesome team of doctors at Alabama and they did everything they could to help me play in that game.

…Coach Saban

I loved playing for him. He’s the best coach in America. I think a lot of people know how good of a football coach he is, but what some people don’t know is how good of a person he is and how much time he spends making us good men and teaching us what it really means to be a man. He’s taught me a lot, not only about football, but about life. He’s taught me how to be responsible, how to pay attention to detail, and how to live life to a high standard. I’ve taken away various things from him, and I’m very appreciative of all that he’s done for me.

…his perfect vacation

Anywhere I can play golf. I love playing golf so I would love to go anywhere that I could just play a lot of golf all day. That sounds like fun to me!