WARNER ROBINS — Few high school football fans will soon forget the contributions defensive lineman Abry Jones made to the Northside program during the past four seasons. But even after memories have faded, a monument to one of Jones’ signature accomplishments will remain to mark his time as with the Eagles.
In early February, Jones was honored by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta as the Bobby Dodd National High School Lineman of the Year. On Friday, Herf Jones Corporation representative Randy Roderick presented a duplicate of the 12-pound statue to school officials for permanent display on school grounds.
“I think it’s a great thing,” Jones said. “It shows that all the hard work pays off. It shows that my coaches’ hard work paid off, too, helping me to make the most out of my ability.
“(The statue) can be a motivation thing to push other players to be the best in the state or country,” he added.
Jones graduates from Northside a week from today. The following day, he’ll travel to Athens to begin his life at Georgia after signing with the Bulldogs in February.
Jones said he begins freshman orientation June 1. His summer calendar will be filled with classes and workouts as he prepares for the beginning of practice in August.
One of Jones’ new classmates, quarterback Aaron Murray of Tampa, Fla., received the Bobby Dodd National High School Back of the Year award from the Touchdown Club of Atlanta in February.
Jones is the first Middle Georgia football player to receive either the lineman or back honor in the 21-year history of the Touchdown Club award.