jonesbrownsjones“Under Pressure, he was the best I ever had.” That was a quote from Jones’ coach, the legendary Paul Brown. This was a great way to describe Jones.

Athletically, he could do it all. He was a standout on the baseball field as well as football. In the late 1930’s Jones pitched 7 shutout innings against the St. Loius Cardinals, striking out Joe Medwick, Enos “Country” Slaughter and Johnny Mize. It was aslo reported that the Young Jones knocked down Medwick with an inside pitch. When Medwick complained, Jones Knocked him down again.

On the football field, Jones could pass, run, kick or catch. He was also the first one to tackle you. Jones football career started in Scranton. He was a standout at Scranton Technical High School and a star of one of the first “Dream” games, the Nation’s longest running high school all-star game. During the 1937 contest before 12,000 fans at the Athletic Park, Jones intercepted a pass and returned it 98 yards in the Dream Game for a touchdown and also kikced the extra point in a 13-12 win for the City.

Edgar starred in college at Pittsburgh winning honorable mention All-American twice. In 1941, Pitt was having a dismal year. When they battled Fordham, Pitt were tackling a powerhouse that was rated the third-best college team in the U.S. Panther halfback Edgar (“Special Delivery”) Jones, son of a Welsh coal miner, took over on Offense and Defense In the first quarter, Jones threw a daring 28-yard pass that set up one touchdown. In the last quarter, with the Rams trying desperately to tie the score, Jones intercepted a pass, streaked 30 yards for a second touchdown and a 13-to-0 victory. It was the first time Fordham had failed to score since 1939.

The Chicago Bears drafted him as a running back in the 19th round in 1941. But he enlisted in the Navy and didn’t join the team until 1945. He played one game for them and started with the Browns of the All-American Football League in 1946. The Browns went 14-0 in 1948 and were, along with the 1972 Miami Dolphins, one of only two teams in professional football history to accomplish an undefeated season.He played through 1949 for the Browns.Jones helped Brown’s teams win 4 conference titles in 4 years. Jones had touchdowns in 3 of the 4 championship games. Their record of 51-4-2 indicates how much they dominated their league.

He then played a year with the Hamilton Tigercats of what later became the Canadian Football League before retiring.

Jones returned to Pitt in 1951 as a backfield coach and coached two seasons. He coached the Pittsburgh Steelers’ backfield in 1953 but soon retired from football.

He worked as superintendent of Scranton Bureau of Recreation from 1965-67 and founded a chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. He was named to the state hall in 1983.

Edgar died on May 18 2004 in Scranton, Pennsylvania at the age of 84.

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