2004-05-21 20:09:05 UTC
May 21, 2004
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- Edgar ``Special Delivery''
Jones, who played for the Cleveland Browns in the 1940s,
died at 84.
Jones, a Scranton native, died Tuesday, a funeral home
Jones starred in college at Pittsburgh, and the
Chicago Bears drafted him as a running back in the 19th
round in 1941. But he enlisted in the Navy and didn't join
the team until 1945. He played one game for them and started
with the Browns in 1946.
In 1948, Jones was invited to try out as a pitcher with the
Cleveland Indians. The Indians won their last World Series
that year, but Jones was not with the team.
He played through 1949 for the Browns, and then played a
year with the Hamilton Tigercats of what later became the
Canadian Football League.
Jones returned to Pitt in 1951 as a backfield coach and
coached two seasons. He coached the Pittsburgh Steelers'
backfield in 1953 but soon retired from football.
He worked as superintendent of Scranton Bureau of Recreation
from 1965-67 and founded a chapter of the Pennsylvania
Sports Hall of Fame. He was named to the state hall in 1983.