ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Everything is turning around for Jamir Jones and his family.
About three weeks ago, his father was sent to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. He was sent to the ICU two weeks ago and was later placed in a medically induced coma. He woke up from his coma a week ago, and left the ICU two or three days ago.
Today, he got to see his son fulfill his dreams as Jamir signed with the Houston Texans.
The Aquinas grad and former member of the University of Notre Dame chose the Texans over the Cowboys and the Giants.
“I just felt like Houston was the best fit for me with the scheme they run, the guys they’re bringing in, and the coaches they have,” says Jones. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about the program from [Rochester native] Jermaine Ponder who was there for a little bit as well. I felt that it would be the best fit for me.”
His dad disagreed with his decision, with Jones saying with a laugh that his dad wanted him to sign with the Cowboys.
Jones’s dad is expected to make a full recovery. Jones was face-timing with his dad all day and says he’s happy to see him again and talk to him.
“It’s a great feeling, a great distraction from everything that’s been going on in the world and everything that we’re dealing with. It’s honestly just a blessing,” says Jones. “It’s been a dream of mine ever since I was five years old, looking up to my older brothers as well. With Jarron, he was just signed to Pittsburgh and me being signed to the Houston Texans, our family is just unbelievably blessed. It’s just a great day for the Jones family. “
Jones won a state title with Aquinas in 2015 and went on to play for Notre Dame. In his final season with the Fighting Irish, the defensive lineman had 4.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss, and two forced fumbles.
The Texans plan to use him as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and Jones is looking forward to learning from J.J. Watt.
Jones still has a long way to go to make it to the final roster in Houston, but his dad has already shown him this past month that anything is possible.