PHILADELPHIA – The American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul and the Arena Football League announce that Anthony “Tiger” Jones (5’11, 195, Louisville) will return to the team in 2013. The former Cutter’s Receiver of the Year and All-Arena performer agreed to a two-year deal that keeps him in Philadelphia through the 2014 season.
“We continue to make personnel moves that strengthen our team,” said Soul general manager Tom Goodhines. “We will continue to put the core pieces in place for another championship run. The entire organization is excited to have Tiger back in a Soul uniform.”
Jones becomes the sixth player – joining Dan Raudabaugh, Derrick Ross, Donovan Morgan, Joe Goosby and Christian Johnson – to return from the 2012 American Conference Championship team for the 2013 season.
“It is great to have Tiger back in the fold,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. “He is a great weapon to have in our offense. He’s a physical player with great instincts and is a perfect fit for our system. We expect to pick right up where we left off last season.”
Jones, who was awarded the AFL’s Cutter’s Wide Receiver of the Year in 2011, is coming off a record-setting season in 2012 despite missing the final two games due to signing with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. Jones finished the 2012 season by tallying 133 receptions for franchise-record 2,010 yards and 47 touchdowns in 16 games.
He had a career-best season with the Dallas Vigilantes in 2011, he was on the receiving end of 171 passes, 2,232 yards, and 42 touchdowns on the season.
Jones has spent time with the NFL’s Washington Redskins (2005), Georgia Force (2008) being named to the Arena Football League’s All-Rookie Team, and named Second Team All-Arena with the Milwaukee Iron (2010).
Tiger played collegiate football at the University of Louisville under former head coach Bobby Petrino. He played in 51 games over three seasons, tallying 26 catches for 326 yards and four touchdowns and was part of the Cardinals team that played in the 2001 Liberty Bowl and the 2002 GMAC Bowl.