Jon Jones‘ family is filled with Super Bowl champs, but the UFC superstar tells TMZ Sports he had zero chance of having a career on the football field — ’cause he said he “absolutely sucked” at the sport.
Of course, Jones’ older brother, Arthur, played 8 seasons as a defensive tackle for the Ravens, Colts, and Commanders … and his younger bro, Chandler, currently plays defensive end for the Raiders.
With that being said, football is clearly in the Jones DNA … so when we asked Jon if he could have followed in their footsteps, Bones made no bones about it — he was ass.
“I absolutely sucked on the football field,” Jones told us. “I was no good at all. I didn’t play until my senior year [of high school]. I was always on the team, but I never got to play.
Jones — who holds a 26-1 record in the UFC — says he just didn’t get the Xs and Os, coverages, or play calling behind the game … and playing Madden didn’t help either.
“I sucked at football. I made a hell of a benchwarmer, though,” Jones said.
But, don’t feel bad for the guy — Jones ended up becoming one of the greatest mixed martial artists ever … and he’s back in the Octagon on March 4 to face 11-1 Ciryl Gane — his first fight in over 3 years.
“A lot of people wanted to take a warm-up fight,” Jones said. “I’m going right at one of the best talents the UFC has ever seen.”
After Gane, Jones is aiming for Stipe Miocic who he calls “a great challenge.”