Former No. 1 pick honored by home state


Former Steelers defensive end Aaron Jones is among those being inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday, June 26, in Louisville as a part of the Class of 2015.

Jones played collegiately at Eastern Kentucky, where he was a Division I-AA first-team All-America selection in 1987 and the Ohio Valley Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in 1985 and 1987.  Jones was inducted into the Eastern Kentucky Hall of Fame in 2007.

Jones, the Steelers No. 1 draft pick in 1988, spent four of his nine seasons in the NFL with the black and gold, finishing with seven and a half sacks during his Steelers days.  

Proceeds from the induction ceremony and events surround it benefit the Kosair Children's Hospital through the Children's Hospital Foundation, mainly supporting the pediatric heart care and Brave hearts.  

"Kentucky is the only state in the country with a pro football hall of fame," said Dr. Steve R. Parker, chair of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame Inc. board of directors. "We're in a unique position to recognize great accomplishments in football, but also have as our main objective to offer financial assistance to organizations that enrich the lives of children."

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