As alot of people know that Philadelphia is very passonate about their Football, when it comes to the Eagles, everyone gets mixed emotions each week during the NFL Season, one player in paticular has one of those experences, Tiger Jones who played for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League got the opportunity of a lifetime, the Philadelphia Eagles invited Tiger Jones to Training Camp to see if he will make the team. This season for the Philadelphia Soul, Jones lead the team in all receiving categories, totaling 2,010 yards on 133 receptions and a career-high 47 touchdowns. Tiger Jones played College Football at University of Louisville. this year was Jones 4th year in playing Arena Football League. Below is my One on One interview with Tiger Jones:
1. What was your reaction when the Eagles Announced that they signed you for Training Camp this year?
Tiger Jones: " I had a lot of mixed emotions and feelings. 1st I thought are they serious then there was if they are I need to get ready, but then I thought about the Soul and the great season we were having, the playoff run we were gearing up for and possible championship. but definiltely excited at the opportunity to play for the Eagles I knew I would have to do it."
2. How hard was it to leave the Philadelphia Soul as they enter the Playoffs?
Tiger Jones: " the decision wasnt hard I knew that a opportunity like that was too great to pass up. But everybody in the Soul organization was behind me 100% and that made it alot easier too. So it was definitely a bit of a catch 22 but I knew what I had to do."
3. Explain how hard is it to play Arena Football?
Tiger Jones: " The arena game is all about angles. with the dimensions of the filed being so small you have to be able to adjust in my case routes in order to get open. everything happens fast and you have to be a quick reactor. you also have to know how to gage your speed everything is not full speed and thats one thing thats hard for young guys to grasp. But if you can get the speed and the angles down then you become just a football player and your talent takes over and there's actually more space out there than you think."
4. What would you take away from your time with the Philadelphia Eagles?
Tiger Jones: " It was a great experience its always great when you can be around and play with other great players like DeSean Jackson Jeremy Maclin Jason Avant LeSean McCoy Mike Vick, and also compete against guys like Cromartie and Nnamdi. I can definetly play in this league I think the main difference is those guys have been doing it for 4 5 years kinda like me in Arena, so there is a level of comfort that comes with that in just knowing exactly how they want things done. Very few guys just come in the league and have "it". Everybody has their level of skills but you have to work at it and guys like Jackson and Maclin and Avant have worked at it and thats why they are who they are. so with a guy like me or any guy new to the NFL you just need that time to work your craft its just a matter of getting in there and getting that time."
5. Would you say Arena Football is a good way to get prepared for the NFL?
Tiger Jones: " Id say arena football is a good way to contiune playing football while trying and workin to move to that next level. when you look around you see that there are only 2 major professional football leagues in america NFL and AFL. well there is way more top notch talent in the world than 2 leagues can fit. and thats why you see more and more arena guys getting opportunities from arena to the NFL. if not college where else do the players come from? they are in the AFL."
6. Will you be returning to the Philadelphia Soul for the 2013 season?
Tiger Jones: " Im goin to approach this offseason like I always do and thats do whats best for me at that time. so when it comes around for Arena to start up ill make a decision thats best for me. I do plan on playin football in 2013 though."
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