Football great Rod Jones will be remembered at a memorial service on the University of Washington campus on Saturday.
Jones was a standout for the Huskies in the 1980s, including a 1985 Orange Bowl win. He spent three seasons in the NFL, where he played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks. Most recently, Jones had been working in the UW athletic department as a popular academic coordinator — mentoring student athletes for the past 18 years.
Jones died by suicide at age 54. His family believes head trauma from football led to his despair.
“I would want people to remember my dad as a big, loving teddy bear,” his 24-year-old daughter Jamie said. “He was a friend before he was a counselor or a mentor to anyone here. He was your uncle, your dad, your cousin. He was family first, and then entered your life as your mentor.”
A service will be held at the Don James Center at 3 p.m. You’re invited to view the service streaming on king5.com, the KING 5 app or KING 5 Facebook page.