Texas safety Brandon Jones was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. The following quotes were distributed to reporters by the UT sports media relations office.
On the moment of being drafted:
“I literally had just gone upstairs to use the restroom, and I was halfway up the staircase. I didn’t know who was on the board at the time and I got a call from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I answered it and talked to the coach and the GM, and I was legit speechless. I was shocked. Everybody downstairs thought it was a prank call. They thought I went upstairs and prank called myself. They didn’t believe I was on the phone. I told them it was the Dolphins and everyone froze and then got hyped and started screaming, so I could barely hear. It was an experience I’ll remember forever.”
On the Miami Dolphins:
“I know it’s going to be really fun. They’re an organization that’s building, and it’s going to be really exciting to be around those guys. Everybody on that team has the same goals and same dreams and aspirations that I have, so I thought it was a really great fit for me. I definitely know the DB room is going to be competitive and that those guys will take me under their wing. I’m really excited to learn and take in as much as I can, and hopefully, whether it’s on defense or special teams, just earn my way on the field as soon as possible.”
On having been to the city of Miami:
“I haven’t. For the Under Armour game I went to Florida, but I haven’t been to Miami before. I know it’s awesome and the weather will be amazing. I’m excited for sure. I really don’t know what to expect, but I’m just excited to get started.”
On former teammates he’s talked to:
“DeShon (Elliott) literally drove over as soon as he saw me get drafted. Kenny Vaccaro texted me, Quandre Diggs texted me, a whole bunch of guys have. I honestly haven’t gotten a chance to look through all my text messages. I was getting FaceTime after FaceTime while I was on my Zoom meeting, so I definitely have to get back with those guys. I think the whole Texas family has been great. I saw Kris Boyd had a video and shouted me out, you just see the love and tradition. With Texas Football, it’s something that lasts for a lifetime and everybody is so supportive.”
On having former Longhorns to lean on as he enters the league:
“It’s awesome. Just having guys with experience and getting a head start and jump into things when it comes to learning the ins and outs of the NFL and how it is – how to dress, what I need to take in and what’s going to get me on the field the quickest.”
On accomplishing his dream:
“It’s a dream come true for sure. I can’t put it into words how grateful I am, not only for the Dolphins organization for taking a chance on me, but for The University of Texas for molding me and making me the player I am today. Shout out to Coach Herman, Coach Naivar, Yancy McKnight, all those guys in the facility, Kevin Washington for really reminding me of not only being a football player, but the man I am today. Of course, most importantly, my family, I owe them everything and love them so much.”
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