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Me: You propose to your women on the field after winning the Super Bowl how long were you thinking about that one?
GJ: I originally was going to propose to her on vacation after the season but the opportunity arose at the Super Bowl so while Eli Manning was getting his MVP trophy I was down on one knee. I didn’t think it would become such a big deal. You can’t beat the day, I won the big game and got my girl!
Me: So what is romantic night look like for Greg Jones?
GJ: Get her some flowers, take her to a restaurant and maybe some drinks with friends.
Me: What is your favourite thing about being a linebacker?
GJ: Oh man being in the middle is cool. I grew up watching Monday Night Football with my dad and I said I always wanted to do that and it came true. I made a goal line stop on MNF against the Rams my rookie year. What a great feeling. I love being physical.
Me: Who did you grow up watching as your football idol?
GJ: I’m from Cincy, and I went to my first ever game it was the Bengals versus the Ravens and I watched Ray Lewis shoot down hill and make a tackle for a loss. I told my dad right there that is what I want to be! Since I was 8 years old it’s the only position I’ve ever played.
Me: If you could play any other position in the game what would it be?
GJ: Oh man, probably running back because my dad was a big fan of Walter Payton so I’d want to honour him by playing that position.
Me: Do you trash talk?
GJ: Oh a little, I might call a big guy fat or something just to get under his skin but nothing disrespectful about his mom or woman
Me: Who is the biggest trash talker you’ve faced?
GJ: Richard Sherman of the Seahawks by a mile, the man can talk!
Me: What do you do away from the field?
GJ: When I’m alone I watch a lot of movies. When I’m with the family we take our kids to the pool or spray pads. They have a great time interacting with other kids and playing in the water.
Me: If you had to watch one movie over and over again what would it be?
GJ: Ballsy, I know you said one but I got two choices: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Ocean’s Eleven–the new one!
(Pro-Files can be heard on the Roughrider Gameday broadcast on 620 CKRM)