Former NFL offensive lineman Tony Jones, who started on the Broncos’ back-to-back title teams in the 1990s, died Friday at the age of 54, according to the team.
A cause of death was not provided.
Jones, known as “T-Bone,” played 13 seasons with the Browns, Ravens and Broncos.
An undrafted free agent out of Western Carolina, he was a success story as Denver’s starting right tackle in Super Bowl XXXII and the starting left tackle in Super Bowl XXXIII.
“We lost a great man,” former teammate Rod Smith wrote on Twitter. “Just happened to be a hell of a ball playa. We love you and miss you Bone. One of the Broncos’ all time best tackles. Greatest dresser of ALL TIME!”
Following an early exit from the playoffs to end the 1996 season, the Broncos acquired Jones from the Ravens and he would help them win the Super Bowl the following two years. In the first Super Bowl, he held Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White without a sack and limited him to just one tackle. He was named to the Broncos’ Top 100 team in 2019.
“Terribly sad news today, Tony was a great teammate and wonderful man,” former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey tweeted of Jones. “Always dressed to the nines and always smiling. Lisa and I send love and peace to his family.”