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Tuesdays With Wilde: Brad Jones

Anytime you’re part of a defense like this, it’s amazing. I’m just excited to be a part of it and to be a contributing factor in it.


I couldn’t tell you, honestly, why I lasted until the seventh round. I thought I was going to go higher. It’s not a big deal. I was always motivated. I had an idea of where I thought it was going to go, and it was a solid feeling, as that went away, I didn’t really get too disappointed. I just wanted to go somewhere and show what I could do.


I don’t have an iPod. Crazy, right? I have my music on my phone. But if I did have an iPod, I can tell you what would be on it – a lot of old-school R&B. Definitely.


My favorite movies? I like Higher Learning, a Spike Lee movie, and Do The Right Thing, which is also a Spike Lee movie. And I like Hook and The Goonies. You’ve seen The Goonies, right? Man, it’s a classic. A classic.


I haven’t been able to read a lot since the season started, which sucks. Because I’m always reading my playbook or studying film. I normally do read a lot. I’m pretty boring.


I don’t know that I’m good at everything; I just like to compete. I don’t like to half-ass. Whatever I’m doing, I want to be the best. Even in the classroom, I treat it like a competition, like a sport. I used to go in thinking, ‘I’m competing against all these people for the best test grade.’ That’s how I always looked at stuff.


As a kid, I was … disruptive. I don’t know how to explain it. I wasn’t overtly bad, I just was a little disruptive. I’d do my work so well, I’d do stuff like correct the teacher. I felt like, I’m doing all this so well, I don’t have to worry about anything.


There’s six of us – I have an older sister in her early 30s; an older brother who’s 25; me, 23; a younger brother, 22; a younger sister who’s 12; and another younger sister who’s 6. They love coming up here to the games. Lansing is only like six, seven hours away, so they come to the home games all the time. I love my sisters, man. I’m a really good big brother. There’s a big age gap, but when the 12-year-old was really little, that was before I went to college, it was just me and her and my younger brother. I’m close with both my little sisters. They’re both a little disruptive like me. A little too smart for my own good.


My relationship with my parents is good. They live in Lansing with the two little girls. They come to a lot of games. I went to school in Colorado, so they never got a chance to go to a bunch of games there. They came once in awhile, probably one game every season. But if you ask them, they swear they came to like four games in a year. That’s just not true. They came to one game a year. So now, they’re so close, they’re trying to come to every game – they want to come every game, every time.


The idea they instilled in me was, you can do whatever you want to do. Like, there was a never point at all growing up where I didn’t ever think I could do something. You know how people say, ‘I want to be the President of the United States.’ There was never a thought in my head that if I wanted to be the president, that I couldn’t do that. They always made me feel like I could do anything. I know you’re thinking, ‘Everybody tells their kids that,’ but they really made me believe that. There was no not being smart enough. It was all about how hard you’d work for it. And they always taught me to work really hard for it.


I have my economics degree. I don’t have my astrophysics degree. I’m a couple classes shy of it. Five or six credits, like two classes. I had a lot of plans for post-grad stuff. I wanted to either go to law school or take a course to actually become an astronaut. It’d actually be easier to go into the Air Force if you want to become an astronaut, so maybe I would’ve headed over there. The road is shorter to being an astronaut if you go that route. You never know, someday.


No, I’m not a rocket scientist. Well, kind of, I guess. There’s different aspects of that. The science of building rockets really is aerospace engineering. But the science of the flight of rockets and aircraft in space is astrophysics. So I mean, tom-ay-to tom-ah-to. Most people would say rocket scientists are aerospace engineers. When you think of rocket scientists, I think of people who design and build rockets. Astrophysics deals with the science behind it – calculating escape velocities, calculating how things work in space like black holes, string theory, things like that. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. If you’re good at math, you can do it. It’s not hard.


I can’t tap dance. I wanted to be a tap dancer when I was little, and I never got around to it. It’s true. I wanted to be Savion Glover, the black guy that tap dances. I saw him, and he’s like this icon in the African-American community. He’s really, really good. He’s amazing. He has all these Broadway shows, and I wanted to be a tap dancer. And I still can’t tap dance. There’s something I can’t do.


I think my best quality is my drive. I think I really have a drive – just a drive to be really good at what you’re doing, regardless of what you’re doing. Just trying to be the best at it.


My worst quality is, I really don’t trust people very easily. It takes me awhile to trust people, to let ‘em totally in. It takes me awhile to let my guard down.


I still play the viola. Yes sir. But I don’t play it for anyone. There’s a personal story behind it. I just don’t play it for anybody anymore. I still play it, but I just don’t play it for anybody. I really don’t want to get into it. It’s sad.


I didn’t even want to play the viola, honestly. I’ll tell you that story. I wanted to play the guitar. My dad was like, ‘No. You’re not going to play guitar.’ He was convinced that I needed a string instrument that was, I don’t know, ‘close to my ear’ or something. He had this crazy idea in his head. It’s not like my dad has a music background – he’ll tell you he plays the drums or something, but he’s a very intelligent guy, and he does a lot of research on his own. When we were kids, he was always researching stuff that helps kids’ development. All this stuff kept popping up about instruments, and he was like, ‘I have to find out more about this; it clearly helps in the development of kids.’ A lot of the smarter kids tend to be musically inclined. So he said, ‘You’re going to play an instrument.’ Now, I didn’t realize all this until I was, like, in college. So I was in third or fourth grade, and he said, ‘You have to play one of these: Viola, violin, cello, bass.’ So I said, ‘OK, I want to play the cello.’ And he was like, ‘No, you can’t play the cello.’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean, NO? Why can’t I play the cello? You said it was one of the choices.’ He said I needed the notes to be close to my ear, or something like that. So he must’ve read some study somewhere, some off-the-wall thing that he’d read. So the truth was, it had to be the violin or the viola. He made it seem like I had a choice, but I didn’t. Not that he forced us – I was the one who wanted to be in the music program. So I picked the viola because I was a bigger kid.


My closest friend on the team? You know wide receiver Patrick Williams, (who was promoted Tuesday from) the practice squad? We went to school together at Colorado. We were roommates for four years. We were in the same fraternity. And now he’s here. So he’s probably my closest friend on the team. He was staying with me for awhile. He just got his own place about a week ago.


I’m a pretty calm guy – calm and grounded. Just being here has been cool.