Jones had played through an injury late in the game. After he was hurt, Jones was still able to help move a large pile of players with Derrick Henry carrying the ball to keep a drive alive at midfield.
Vrabel said Monday he respects players like Jones who sacrifice their body to help the team.
“I don’t think people realize … the toll that this game takes and what it can give you, but also what it can take away from you,” Vrabel said. “They put a lot in and they compete and it’s violent. I’ve just really got a lot of respect for the majority of these guys that are finding ways no matter what each and every week. They’re far less than 100%, during the game. Things come up and they get evaluated and you can just tell that it means a lot to them.”
Vrabel would not share what was said between he and Jones, but a second video of the interaction shows Vrabel wiping tears from his eyes and saying: “I’ve never seen anything like it” and “I love you like my own.”
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Vrabel said Money he was grateful to get to work with players like Jones.
“I just appreciate them; that’ll stay between me and Ben,” Vrabel said. “You come to work every day, you’re here a lot of hours and you get a lot of respect for guys the way they are as people. The way they are as teammates and players and parents and husbands. To be able to see what it means to these guys, it’s not just another game, it’s not just a paycheck. I just really appreciate what they do.”
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