Saturday was a dream come true for 2009 BHS graduate Chris Jones.
The 2012 Mid-American Conference’s defensive player of the year out of Bowling Green was selected by the Houston Texans with the 198th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
“Houston is a great place and it’s a great opportunity,” Jones said. “I’ve never been to Texas so I’m excited about that. Just hearing about the organization and how they do things there is great too.”
The 6-foot-2, 302-pound defensive tackle became the second player in Hendricks County history and the first Brownsburg player to be drafted in the NFL.
“We are extremely proud of him,” Brownsburg football coach Brett Comer said. “I’m happy for his family and for him, just like we were when he got a scholarship. He saved them thousands of dollars because he was able to play and now he’s going to make a couple dollars. But we are extremely proud, we couldn’t be more happy for the kid.”
Jones spent time at the combine with the Texans’ defensive line coach and Saturday received a security call from Houston earlier to make sure they had his contact information correctly.
As he was watching the draft, he saw Houston was next on the screen to draft and his phone went off much like it had been all day — it wasn’t a typical call though.
“My phone started going off but I was getting calls and texts every day so I thought it was just another person,” Jones said. “I looked at it and it said Houston, Texas, and I looked up at the screen and it said Houston so I thought, ‘No way.’ I picked it up and I answered it and it was one of the d-line coaches and he told me they were drafting me.”