Whether you’re on a soccer field or just playing quarterback from your keyboard, Cardale Jones knows you’ll always have an audience.
The Ohio State product has 1.6 million followers on Twitter and 269,000 followers on Instagram. These days, his nostalgia-inspired Buckeyes posts give his accounts a massive engagement. He also appears on a podcast with former running back Beanie Wells.
Jones has reveled in Ohio State’s run to this year’s college football playoff championship game, taking a victory lap online as the show continued its undefeated season with a semifinal victory over Clemson. His punches at his favorite team’s opponents are particularly fun. Alabama, the Buckeyes’ opponent on Monday, is currently in their crosshairs.
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It’s unclear if the 28-year-old will ever return to a professional soccer field. The door to the NFL is likely closed at this point, but if the XFL comes back, it could move on. And if you keep moving forward alongside your supporting internet audience, maybe you could pursue a spot on TV.
Below is an update on what Jones has been up to and a refresher on what made him a fan favorite in the first place.
What happened to Cardale Jones?
Jones is currently a soccer free agent and spends much of his time this month like many other people: watching sports and joking around.
Cardale Jones’ NFL career
The Bills selected Jones in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but only used him in a game that ended up being their only NFL appearance. He was 6 of 11 passes for 96 yards and an interception in that game.
After the 2016 season, Buffalo sent Jones to the Chargers in exchange for a seventh-round pick. Jones remained in the Los Angeles organization until 2018 without appearing in a regular season game. He then spent time with the Seahawks practice team in 2019.
Jones has a unique memory of the NFL regular season: He entered as a Week 17 backup for EJ Manuel in 2016. He failed to record a touchdown in his only appearance with the Bills, and he never got a chance to play elsewhere.
Jones last passed an NFL camp when it supposedly worked for the Raiders this year. Las Vegas didn’t sign him.
Cardale Jones’ career at XFL
Jones was one of the biggest names in the 2020 XFL season, which marked a unique year for the league due to financial woes. Jones played in five games for the DC Defenders, throwing four touchdown passes and seven interceptions. His year ended with six picks and no scores in his last three appearances. He was benched in the last contest.
Although there is still the possibility that the XFL will reappear The ongoing legal drama has kept a cloud over such plans.. If he does, Jones would be a candidate for a contract.
What makes Cardale Jones a legend of the state of Ohio?
Jones will be forever remembered for leading Ohio State to a 2014 national championship as a late-season injury replacement for JT Barrett. He joined the lineup as a complete stranger, taking over in the Big Ten championship game before guiding the Buckeyes to a Sugar Bowl victory in the national semifinal against Alabama and title game victory over Oregon.
In his three starts, Jones completed 46 of 75 passes with five touchdown passes and two interceptions. He also ran to score in the national championship game.
His contagious personality made him even more loved by Ohio State fans and has made him a go-to source among Buckeyes alumni.
Cardale Jones’ best tweets
Cardale Jones ‘most famous online moment is his “game school” tweet, sent in 2012 when he was still buried in the Buckeyes’ depth chart. That resulted in a one-game suspension.
Jones graduated and regretted the position, though it helped him earn legendary status among college football fans.
Jones has produced many other gems, including several recent ones. Below are some of his best.
Trash talking to a boy at a local hospital after winning in the video game “NCAA Football”:
Chasing NBA center Joakim Noah after he insulted Ohio State:
Contemplating the ways the NCAA works against athletes:
I’m so happy i’m done with him @NCAA and its rules and regulations. They do anything and everything for exploited college jocks.
– Cardale Jones (@ CJ1two) April 11, 2016
It is deeper than what athletes think they should charge. the @NCAA Control our lives with crazy and unfair rules.
– Cardale Jones (@ CJ1two) April 11, 2016
Destroy an opponent:
Trolling Dabo Swinney and Clemson:
Little Swinney shouldn’t be talking all that shit and making Tic Toc videos as a teenager and she should have studied them 6 more games.
– Cardale Jones (@ CJ1two) January 2, 2021
Missing her happy place:
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.