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Walter Jones Featured On ‘Heart Of A Hall Of Famer’ Series

What core value of the Hall of Fame does he feel is most important:

“Integrity. I think that’s the number one thing it’s about. Kind of accountability. I think a lot of times we forget how to take responsibility. As an offensive lineman, it’s all about accountability, you have to make sure you do it your job. It’s kind of like, I tell my kids all the time at home, if your mom or dad says, ‘Hey, you gotta take out the trash,’ that’s your job to take out the trash. Personally, if my job is to protect the back of a quarterback, that’s my job for the whole game or for life. If I say , ‘I got it’, or ‘I’ll do it’, you should be responsible for it.

On how Hall’s values ​​apply to his daily life:

“I think it’s all about having a purpose in life. Once you retire from this game – you’ve been playing this game for a long time, I think I started playing football when I was a freshman in high school, so I played a lot of football – so when that day comes that It’s when you make a decision to say, ‘I’m done playing ball’, now you have to find your purpose in life. And for me, I think this has been a transition…I try to lead by example everywhere I go, wherever I talk to people, I try To be a role model. I want someone in this room to take something I said and take it with them for the rest of their life.”

One thing he wishes he had done differently during his career:

“I tell people all the time, in 2005 with the Seattle Seahawks, we had a chance to get to the Super Bowl. And during the Super Bowl, a lot of guys go out for the preliminary game, because it’s a show. But for me personally as a player, I never did. I was preparing. So the coach would always say, “Step into your routine, stick to your routine.” But in the Super Bowl, I didn’t get a chance to see all the lights and all the things that were going on in the Super Bowl. So I said to myself, ‘If I go back there again, I’ll enjoy it all. Because you’re working hard to get to this point and now trying to stay in your same position, but you didn’t realize what was happening… I didn’t come back, but I said if I go back to myself, I’ll go out and eat it all.”

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