Alabama offensive tackle Barrett Jones was one of the reasons for Alabama’s success in 2012. The Crimson Tide won the national title.
Jones started 13 games at center, while his other 36 career starts came at right guard and left tackle.
Jones spoke at the combine on Thursday and was asked his favorite NFL team growing up.
Citing his Tennessee roots, Jones said he followed the Colts because of Peyton Manning. Asked later players he patterned himself after, Jones said Jeff Saturday specifically.
Saturday anchored the line for years in front of Manning, and an impressionable Jones certainly noticed.
One other parallel for Jones with Manning and Saturday was the in-game dust-up he had in the title game with quarterback A.J. McCarron. Jones and McCarron had a brief “discussion” during the Tide’s 42-14 win over Notre Dame.
The significance of the moment dissipated before the players returned to the sideline. It was reminiscent of the bench-area “discussion” Manning and Saturday had during the Colts’ 2005 game against St. Louis.
Captured by NFL Films and shown since, that moment for Manning and Saturday, too, blew over quickly. It is an amusing piece of film now. At the time, not so funny.
Jones tweaked the media about the matter Thursday, saying he wondered how long it would take for the question to be asked. He referred to the matter as, ‘Push-gate.”
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