Loveland, Colorado – The Colorado Crush announced today that Florida State
University Hall of Famer and former All-Pro New York Jets linebacker Marvin Jones has been named
interim head football coach. Jones, the current Colorado Crush defensive coordinator, will
immediately take over head coaching responsibilities following the departure of Jose Jefferson.
Jones played 11 seasons for the New York Jets from (1993-2003) after being selected fourth overall
in the 1993 NFL Draft. The standout linebacker brings an incredible resume of professional and
Division I college football experience to the Crush (2-6) and proven track record of working with
professional football's most talented players and coaches.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Colorado Crush as we make a push for a playoff
spot the second half of the season," said Marvin Jones, Interim Head Coach of Colorado Crush. "I
plan to give it my all and am dedicated to the challenges ahead. My goals are to raise the quality of
play and make the remainder of the season a success for our fans and front office. There is a great
deal of talent on this roster and plenty of work to be done until we reach our team's goals however
our players are motivated and we are focused on getting a win this week against the Iowa
As a player, Jones became the first Florida State University player to capture two national awards in
the same year when he earned both the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker and the
Lombardi Award signifying the nation's top lineman or linebacker. In 2000, Jones was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame and named a NFL First Team All-Pro during the same year.
Nicknamed "Shade Tree" by his New York Jets teammates, Jones played in 142 regular season
games starting in an amazing 129 of them. Throughout his professional career Jones compiled 1,200 tackles, nine sacks, five interceptions and retired as a New York Jet after the 2004 season. Since his professional career ended Jones started the Marvin Jones Charitable Foundation, an organizationdedicated to supporting and motivating youth towards success by engaging them in positiveexperiences though academics, community involvement and sports.