Julio Jones is an American footballer who was drafted into the National Football League (NFL) in 2011. He played college football at Alabama University before declaring for the NFL and was eventually selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2011 NFL Draft with the sixth overall pick.
The wide receiver (WR) was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team for the 2011 season and has been invited to 5 Pro Bowls since he joined the Falcons. He also holds a record of highest average receiving yards per game in the history of the NFL.
Julio Jones Bio
Julio Jones was born on February 8, 1989, as Quintorris Lopez Jones. Wondering why he has female names and how Julio came about? The reason for Julio’s birth name is that when his mother was pregnant with him, she was told that she was carrying a girl. So she named the baby according to the supposed sex when it was still in her womb. Surprisingly, it turned out to be a boy at birth but Queen decided to retain the pre-planned names. His mother started calling him the nickname “Julio” when he was in middle school (seventh grade) and since then, it just stuck with him.
The NFL player had his high school education at Foley High School in Foley, Alabama. There, he played wide receiver and defensive end for the school’s football team, achieving a high level of popularity as a result of his outstanding statistics.
Apart from football, he was also a valuable player on the basketball team. Jones was also involved in track and field events and was a state champion in long jump and triple jump for two consecutive years (2006 and 2007). During the 2007 indoor season, he also became the state champion in the high jump. He was named All-county selection from 2005 to 2007, won Mr. Alabama Track & Field athlete of the year in 2007 and in 2008, he competed as a sprinter at the Class 6A Section 1 Meet.
Following his very rich high school record, Rivals.com projected Jones to be a five-star recruit. He also took the first spot on the list of wide receiver in the nation in 2008. In February 2008, Julio Jones announced his decision to join the Alabama Crimson Tide on ESPNU on National Signing Day.
During his freshman season, he became the first true freshman wide receiver in the history of the Crimson Tide to start in a season opener. As a result of his strong play, quickly became an impact player, earning a spot in the heart of fans. By the conclusion of the season, he recorded 58 receptions, 924 yards, and four touchdowns, earning SEC Freshman of the Year in addition to being named to the second team All-SEC and the SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman Team.
By the time he finished his career at the University of Alabama, he had made 8 career 100-yard receiving games, which is the 2nd in school history. He was also second in career receptions (179) and yards (2,653) in school history and fourth in touchdown catches (15) and was named a first-team All-SEC selection in 2010.
After his junior season, Julio declared for the NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season. He excelled at the NFL Combine, recording the longest long jump and making the 3rd fastest 40-yard dash among wide receivers in attendance. This was despite the fact that he had a broken bone on his foot.
He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons as the 6th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, becoming the second wide receiver to be taken in the draft.
After a very successful rookie year, the football star was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team for the 2011 season. He is still with the franchise and continues to prove himself with each game.
Julio Jones has a net worth of $25 million. His career earnings of $76.61 million gathered from playing in more than eight seasons rank 61st among active NFL players entering 2018. He earned a cap hit of $13.9 million in 2017 and his 2018 cap hit of $12.87 million makes him the third highest paid Falcon in the year behind Matt Ryan and Desmond Trufant.
The wide receiver is the son of Queen Marvin. He has an older brother named Phillip, who lost one arm to gunshot wounds in 2014. Due to a very strong bond which the brothers share, Phillip attends many of the Falcons games to cheer on his brother.
Julio’s father left the family when he was five years old and as a result, he and his brother were solely raised by his mother. Due to the pressure caused by his father’s absence, the footballer’s mom had to work long hours at a fast food restaurant to provide for her sons.
According to his mom who spoke to USA Today, the 5-year-old Julio told her the day his daddy left that it was all going to be okay and that he was going to be a football player and everything was going to be okay for them. Even though Julio is still in contact with his father, his relationship with his mother is stronger. The player refers to his mom as the most influential person in his life.
Details about the relationship status of the Falcons’ wide receiver is shrouded in mystery. He is a very private person and has succeeded in keeping his personal life away from the public for many years.
Apart from things related to his football career, the NFL player never lets out any additional information about himself online. His social media pages and feeds are filled with pictures of football, inspirational quotes, and selfies which he posts occasionally.
Even though he was linked to Mexican/Filipino singer Jasmine Villegas at a time, it turned out to be false. In fact, the lady in question welcomed a daughter named Ameera Reign, on February 19th, 2016, with Ronnie Banks who proposed to her last December. As it stands now, no one can tell for sure if Julio Jones is single, married, has a girlfriend or even has children. His sexual orientation is also not known.
Julio Jones possesses NFL-ideal receiver size and is 1.91 meters (6 feet 3 inches) tall. He has a well-built athletic body that weighs 100 kilograms (220 pounds). He also has a strong pair of hands that measures 9 3/4 inches in size and 33 3/4 inches long arms.