2011 Wuerffel Trophy Recipient
Standing 6 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 311 pounds, it’s tough to miss Alabama junior offensive lineman Barrett Jones. The versatile, All-American is widely lauded as one of the best players in the country for his play on the field. But his work off the field – both in the classroom and in the community – is often overlooked. It certainly didn’t get by the Wuerffel Trophy.
“I’m very honored,” Jones said. “It means a lot. I’ve read a little bit about this award and I’m very blessed and honored to be selected.”
Jones’ achievements off the field and in the classroom have not gone unnoticed by Alabama coach Nick Saban.
“Barrett’s about as fine a young man as I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach,” Saban said, “so I’m excited about it and pleased and I know he will be too.”
Jones, an accounting major who graduated in August with a 4.0 GPA, is now working towards a masters in accounting. The All-SEC lineman is extremely active in the community as well. Jones has made two mission trips to Haiti to help people struggling with daily life and to help build a school and orphanage. He has actively participated in tornado cleanup in Tuscaloosa and worked with countless other community organizations in his time at Alabama.
“I think being a student athlete is a lot about time management,” Jones said. “You really have to learn how to balance your time and prioritize the things you think are important. Personally, I think community service and things of that nature are things I put very high on that list. I really enjoy doing mission work, in Haiti, especially the last few years. I think that’s something my parents instilled in me.”
NOW : Currently a financial analyst for Strategic Financial Partners in Memphis, and also is ESPN Radio’s lead color college football analyst after a NFL career with the Rams, Bears, Stealers and Eagles.