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Kenyatta Lapoleon Jones (January 18, 1979 – June 9, 2018) was an American football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Florida.

Kenyatta Jones
No. 74
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1979-01-18)January 18, 1979
Gainesville, Florida
Died:June 9, 2018(2018-06-09) (aged 39)
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school:Gainesville (FL) Eastside
College:South Florida
NFL Draft:2001 / Round: 4 / Pick: 96
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:21
Games started:13
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

Jones was also a member of the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Storm.

After starting 11 games for the Patriots in 2002, Jones was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the beginning of the 2003 season. While on the list, Jones was arrested on October 21, 2003 and charged with allegedly throwing hot tea on his cousin, Mark Paul.[1] He was released by the Patriots five days later.[2] While playing for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League in March 2008, Jones was arrested outside a Tampa, Florida nightclub after attempting to urinate on the dance floor and then shoving the off-duty police officer who threw Jones out of the establishment. Jones was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.[3]

Jones died in Colorado on June 9, 2018, aged 39. His mother said he died from cardiac arrest.[4]


  1. ^ La Canfora, Jason (2004-08-12). "Redskins' Jones Has Lot to Tackle". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  2. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (2003-11-19). "Jones signs through 2004 season". Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  3. ^ "Tampa Bay Storm Player Kenyatta Jones Arrested". WTSP-TV. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-04-07.[dead link]
  4. ^ Kenyatta Jones, USF’s first NFL draft pick, dies at 39

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