Born March 31st 1984, to Janet and James A. Jones, James D. Jones has become one of the most versatile players in the National Football League. He has one older sister, Desiree Jones. James had to overcome many obstacles growing up, as he and his mother moved around from different homeless shelters. James eventually moved in with his paternal grandmother during high school to help his mother get back on her feet.
While attending Gunderson High School, James lettered in Basketball, Track & Football. During his senior year he was the team’s Most Valuable Player as a quarterback. Upon graduating he received a full athletic scholarship to San Jose State University where he majored in Sociology. At San Jose State he was nicknamed ‘Dingo’, a moniker given to him by his college teammates in reference to the muscular professional wrestler the Dingo Warrior, when during his first college weight room
workout he bench-pressed 225 pounds an impressive 16 times. James had a breakthrough 2006 senior season, where he caught 70 passes, good for 893 yards and 10 TDs. He capped off his senior season by catching 6 passes (106 yards), 2 for touchdowns, en route to being named the offensive MVP of the inaugural New Mexico Bowl. His accomplishments his senior year earned him 2nd team All-WAC honors along with an invite to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. James tied the NFL combine record for bench presses by a wide receiver with 22 reps of 225 pounds.
James was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 3rd round (78th pick) of the 2007 draft. He posted one of the top pass-catching seasons in Green Bay annals for a rookie, with his 47 catches and 676 yards both ranking fourth in club history.
His humble beginnings influenced him to become actively involved in community events upon entering the NFL. He spoke to guests at the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay, to cadets at the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy, and to students at Appleton (Wis.) North H.S. about the challenges he faced growing up. He assisted with a skills camp for kids
at the Boys and Girls Club, helped to refurbish the Green Bay West H.S. football field as part of the Home Depot Neighborhood MVP Program, and helped with improvements at Golden House, a local domestic abuse shelter, as part of the local United Way’s NFL Hometown Huddle. James participated in events to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Donald Driver Foundation, and received the ‘Nice Guy Award’ at the annual Doug Jirschele Sports Awards Banquet in Clintonville, Wis.
The proud wife of James D. Jones was born February 25th, 1984, to Gwendolyn and Virgil Greer, Tamika is the youngest of four. She has one older brother, Andrew ?Drew? and two older sisters Chauncei & Michelle. Tamika grew up in Carson, CA & attended Carson High School where she was actively involved. She was the Varsity Cheer Captain and her senior year was voted to be the Student Body President where she presided over a student body of 3,500 students. Upon graduation she attended San Jose State University where she met James. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child & Adolescent Development. During her 4-years at San Jose State University she was involved in the Black Student Union, the CHAD Club, NPHC and AAMPC. During the spring of 2005, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (Eta Omega Chapter) which is a widely respected community service based organization. Tamika is currently a member of the Packers Women?s Association which participates in programming and fundraising events for the Green Bay community. She assisted with the ‘Football 101, NFL Workshop for Women’, participated in the Breast Cancer Run/Walk-Green Bay, Paul?s Pantry Food Drive, radio promotion for school supply donations, and the Salvation Army?s Adopt-a-family program.