Former Georgia center Ben Jones has walked barefoot on the field before every football game since he was in high school. And temperatures near zero won’t keep him from carrying on that tradition this week.
The temperature is supposed to get down into single-digits when the Tennessee Titans take on the Chiefs in Kansas City this week. But Jones told TitansOnline’s Jim Wyatt that he’ll still be out on the field, shoeless, before the game.
“Heck yeah I’m doing it,’’ Jones said. “I’ve done it for this long, so I can’t stop now.”
Jones first did the walk with his brother before a high school game “to get a feel for the turf.” When his team won, he decided to do it before every game. He’s usually on the field without shoes for 10-15 minutes before getting dressed for warmups. Now rookie lineman Jack Conklin makes the pregame stroll with Jones as well.
The former Bulldog has braved cold temperatures for his pregame ritual before. But Sunday will probably be the coldest.
“It was snowing and in the 20s once in Cleveland,’’ Jones said. “And my feet got cold that day.”
The forecast in Kansas City may be intimidating to some. But Jones isn’t worried.
“It’s going to be cold on Sunday, I know,’’ Jones said. “I’m sure my feet will go numb. I’ll just stick them in the hot tub when I go back in.”