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Brent Michael Jones (born February 12, 1963) is a former American football tight end who played almost his entire National Football League (NFL) career with the San Francisco 49ers from 1987 to 1997. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jones won three Super Bowl rings with the 49ers and was three times named All-Pro (1992–1994) and is a four-time Pro Bowler (1992–1995). He finished his 11 NFL seasons with 417 receptions for 5,195 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Brent Jones
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Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1963-02-12) February 12, 1963 (age 56)
Santa Clara, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:San Jose (CA) Leland
College:Santa Clara
NFL Draft:1986 / Round: 5 / Pick: 135
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:5,195
Player stats at

Shortly after his playing career ended, Jones became an analyst for The NFL Today. Jones worked for the NFL on CBS from 1998 to 2005. Jones decided to leave CBS Sports during the 2005 NFL season in order to focus on his business in California, Northgate Capital, which he founded with former teammates Mark Harris and Tommy Vardell.[1] Jones is a former member of the board of directors for San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises, which owns the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League.[2]


High school careerEdit

Jones attended Leland High School in San Jose, California, where he played baseball and football. In baseball, he was a first team All-League selection.

College careerEdit

NFL careerEdit

Jones was picked in the 5th round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Five days after being drafted, Jones got into a car accident, causing injury to his neck. The Steelers kept him on the roster until about a month into the regular season, leaving him unsigned until the following season when he joined the 49ers as a backup during training camp. Jones emerged as a starter in the 1989 season, following the retirement of John Frank.[4]

Business careerEdit

In 2000, upon retiring from football, Vardell and former teammates Steve Young, Tommy Vardell, and Mark Harris co-founded Northgate Capital, a venture capital and private equity investment firm with approximately $4.9 billion of assets under management and offices in San Francisco, Danville, Mexico City, and London and served as its Managing Director and Founding Partner.[5][6] He sold a majority stake in Northgate to Indian financial services company Religare Enterprises in 2010 and continued to manage the firm as a Partner. In 2016, after Religare and Northgate's management team sold 100% ownership of the firm to The Capital Partnership, an investment advisor with offices in London and Dubai, he transitioned to the role of Founder and Senior Advisor.[7][8]

Possible political aspirationsEdit

Jones is a Republican. Over the last several years he has been rumored as a potential political candidate. At one time, he was considered by many pundits to be a potential candidate for the US Congressional seat held by freshman Rep. Jerry McNerney in northern California's 11th District. On March 19, 2009, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Jones was being recruited to run in a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who was appointed to a position in the State Department, in 10th Congressional District of California.[9] On March 4, 2010, David Harmer, a Republican candidate running for the 11th Congressional District of California, announced that Jones had endorsed Harmer's campaign.

Coaching careerEdit

Jones's coaching career began at East Bay Athletic League Monte Vista High School in 2007.


Jones has 2 daughters, Rachel (played D1 soccer at Cal Poly) and Courtney (played D1 soccer at North Carolina) Brent's youngest daughter, Courtney Jones, is a top American professional soccer player, most recently a part of the NWSL Kansas City team and now again with the Boston Breakers of the NWSL, after starting for North Carolina and helping them to two NCAA championships at the University of North Carolina.[10] Brent and his family live in Northern California and in Texas.


  1. ^ "Where are they now: Brent Jones". National Football League. Archived from the original on July 14, 2007. Retrieved April 11, 2007.
  2. ^ "Staff". San Jose Sharks. Archived from the original on March 15, 2007. Retrieved April 11, 2007.
  3. ^ "Notable Santa Clara Athletes". Santa Clara Sports Group. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  4. ^ Chris Dufresne (January 14, 1995). "NFL PLAYOFFS : A 49er by Accident : Brent Jones Became One of the NFL's Best After Being Cut by Steelers in 1986". Retrieved December 3, 2011.
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  6. ^ "Northgate promotes one to CFO, hires head of IR". PE Hub. March 22, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
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  9. ^ Coile, Zachary (March 19, 2009). San Francisco Chronicle Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 18, 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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