Own the East: Georgia director of player development Jonas Jennings
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ATHENS, Ga. – At Georgia, Jonas Jennings carries the ambiguous title of director of player development. But the reality is, he does much more for the Bulldogs.
Jennings is best known among Georgia fans for earning four letters as one of the most versatile and effective offensive linemen of the modern era. Jennings played center, guard and tackle for the Bulldogs from 1997-2000 and earned honorable mention All-America and All-SEC honors as a senior.
After graduating from UGA with a degree in sports studies in 2000, Jennings embarked on an eight-year NFL career that saw him play for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers. He earned an MBA from George Washington University after retirement.
Despite working far away from his hometown of College Park, Ga., Jennings maintained a presence in that community. Every year he would conduct football camps in the area while also giving away thousands of turkeys to needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s a charitable practice he continues to this day.
Meanwhile, Jennings has proven as versatile off the field at Georgia as he was on it. His chief responsibility at is making sure players are getting up, getting out and getting where they’re supposed to be on a daily basis. He oversees the players’ academic responsibilities while also making sure they fulfill their athletic duties.
But Jennings’ presence on campus in recruiting may be his greatest impact of all. Jennings is known to the talent-rich athletic communities that populate the Atlanta area and he is one of the first faces recruits see when they come onto campus for visits. He has an upbeat and engaging personality that tends to attract young people and make them want to follow his lead.
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