Ravens defensive end Art Jones is in a contract year. As one of the team's most consistent performers, Jones is poised to earn himself a hefty payday once a new league year begins in March 2014.
However, it appears that Jones may want to start his negotiation earlier than expected, and brought in some backup.
Enter Art's brother, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon "Bones" Jones.
"I can do it for you," Jon said when I asked him about if he'd be leveraging general manager Ozzie Newsome on behalf of his brother.
In Baltimore as part of a promotional tour for the UFC, Jon paid a visit to the Under Armour Performance Center to surprise his brother, and was even given the opportunity to deliver a motivational speech to the team by head coach John Harbaugh.
"I was sweating bullets, but just trying to keep it cool," Jon said. "It’s great to have the respect of these pro athletes. For me to have the honor to motivate these guys in any way, shape or form was the highest honor for me. I really appreciate being here."
After speaking to the team, Jon and Art took to the podium to speak to the media, instead, it turned into a 10-minute comedy routine between the brothers. Doing typical things brothers do, the Joneses picked on each other and even got jokingly physical at one point as Jon slapped art pretty hard on his rear and a more milder love tap on his face.
"You’re about to get a free pay-per-view fight here in a second," Art said after getting smacked.
The most frequently asked question between the brothers is which would win a fight. Many aren't aware at Art's impressive resume as a top-ranked high school wrestler in New York in his junior and senior season. Art won two state titles.
"If I had room, I’d be pretty good against Art because I could stick and move," Jon said when assessing turning the practice field into a makeshift octagon. "In a confined area, I’d get killed, without a doubt."
Art does possess plenty of raw fighting skill. Jon believes that if Art left football, he could train for two years and make a legitimate run at the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
"Arthur was always better at wrestling than I was," he said. "If I could understand martial arts, I think he could figure it out too in two years time."
"Let’s not get ahead of ourselves," Art interjected. "I’m happy where I’m at."
The primary reason Jon didn’t follow in the footsteps of his brothers Art or Chandler, a 2012 first-round pick of the New England Patriots, was because he was "terrible" at football, as he put it.
"I suck," Jon said to a laughing contingency of the media. Art then said that he felt that his brother would best fit as an assistant trainer because he is used to taping ankles.
With their recent success, the Jones brothers have thrown their name into the elite sports families along with the likes of the Mannings, Gronkowskis and Williams' sisters. While Jon thinks a championship from Chandler will propel the family name into the upper-echelon of sports siblings, Ravens fans are happy with them staying put.
After all, a championship for Chandler would mean that the Ravens wouldn't make it to the Super Bowl.
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