Cardale Jones has never given up on his dream of still playing professional football again one day. The former Ohio State quarterback and national champion had a brief stint in the NFL and also played in the XFL back in 2020 before the league folded amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jones was recently back at Ohio State throwing passes at the Buckeyes’ pro day, getting to perform in front of NFL scouts, with the hopes of one of them seeing something that may give him his shot.
“Still out there looking for a shot, and I thought this was a great opportunity,” Jones said after Wednesday’s pro day at Ohio State. “Hopefully this opens up other opportunities for me to come into one of these organizations and have a workout or battle for a spot in camp.”
Jones’ last action was in the XFL with the DC Defenders in 2020. Before making that transition, he had an NFL career spanning from 2016-19 with the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Chargers, and a brief practice squad stint with the Seattle Seahawks.
“But if not, I know the XFL’s coming back next year. If it don’t happen next year, then I’ll be officially done with it. But it’s a thin line, because a lot of my focus right now is on the NIL world and helping the athletes of Ohio — particularly Ohio State — capitalize on their name, image, and likeness. But, I mean, my dream and goal is still to play professional football.”
Back in January, Jones announced his intentions to head a NIL fund for Ohio State athletes.
Jones played for the Buckeyes for three seasons from 2013-15. He played in 23 career games and threw for 2,322 yards with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
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