This week on the PRO-File Podcast I had the pleasure of sitting with Grey Cup Champion Jermese Jones. Jermese was born and raised in the football hotbed of Durham North Carolina and was acclimated to the sport at a young age. Following in the footsteps of his brother and father, he attended Hillside High School where he played on the Varsity team for 4 seasons before having to sort through the countless opportunities to take his size and talent to the NCAA level. This was a bitter sweet process for Jermese Jones as he had his hopes of playing the University of North Carolina but after some speculation regarding his SAT scores, he decided to attend the University of Virginia. He was fortunate to get some playing time as a true freshman until he was sidelined with an injury, ironically name a “Jones Fracture”…what are the odds? Upon finishing his four years in Virginia, he attended the NFL combine and suffered a pulled muscle which would all but end his hopes of being drafted into the NFL. Shortly after the NFL draft, Jermese Jones signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and in camp he met and lined up against, Scott Schultz, a Canadian player and the 2002 First Overall pick of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. This was his first exposure to the CFL as Schultz told Jermese that he was a great player up in Canada and that is what earned him a shot with he Steelers. Both men were released after training camp Schultz returned to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Jones returned home to ponder his future in football. A short time later, Jones agent mentioned that the BC Lions wanted him up in Canada and in his first game with the Lions, he wound up face to face with Schultz in his first game in the CFL. Jones would play 4 seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before being trade to bitter rivals, the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he would join his friend Scott Schultz and end up defeating his former team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, in the 95th Grey Cup!