Posted by: travellinbaen | April 28, 2009

Ray Charles “Rooster” Jones

Pascagoula High School (Class of 1977)                                                                         

Football–Pascagoula Panthers, Pittsburgh Panthers (1977-1980)

Nickname–Rooster

Inducted 2009          

Rooster Jones remains a legend in Pascagoula and all over the state of Mississippi for his exploits at Pascagoula High School from 1974-1976. In 31 games over those three years, Rooster rushed for 3863 yards and scored 51 touchdowns. PHS went 24-7 over that time period including a 12-0 perfect season in 1976 that ended with the crowning of the Panthers as state champions. According to Panther Coach Johnny Woitt, a former professional football player and Panther great himself, Rooster played hurt for two of those years. Of Rooster, he said “As I’ve said before, he’s the best running back I’ve ever seen.” During his injury plagued senior season Rooster rushed for 1895 yards and scored 28 touchdowns and 4 two-point conversions.

Rooster signed a scholarship to play college football for Coach Jackie Sherrill at Pittsburgh where the old injuries finally caught up with him and brought his abilities back in to the realm of mortals. He still merited a look in the NFL and according to an old teammate was the last man cut from his squad.

Links:

The Legend of Rooster Jones  

 

Pascagoula Panthers 1976 State Champs

Pascagoula Panthers 1976 State Champs

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