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Fueled by home cooking, Jones has a big night

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  February 4, 2013 01:26 AM

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Ravens receiver/kickoff specialist Jacoby Jones had a big hand in the team’s win on Sunday night.

His only reception was a 56-yard touchdown, and his third kickoff return, to open the second half, was a 108-yard touchdown, the longest in Super Bowl history.

Born in New Orleans, Jones conducted his postgame press conference with his toddler son on his lap and his beaming family nearby. His mother, Emily, welcomed the Ravens to the city with a spread of gumbo, jambalaya, and other dishes, which his teammates raved about for days.

Jones was a third-round pick of the Texans in 2007, but was released last May and was signed days later by Baltimore to a two-year deal.

He also had three kick-return touchdowns during the regular season.

“How long was it?” Jones replied when asked about his record return Sunday night. Told it had been changed from a 109-yard score to 108, he howled, “Man, they hatin’ on me! They did the same thing to me in Dallas [in October] – from 109 to 108. But I’ll take it.”

Now 6 feet 2 inches and 220 pounds, in high school, “I was 5-7, 160 pounds soaking wet and with bricks in my pockets,” Jones said, laughing. “I’ve been an underdog my whole life.”

Not long after, he began yelling to his teammates stationed around the interview area – “We did it!,” Jones said. “We did it!,” Ray Rice responded.

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