Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones: I play for my daughter

Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones at Hard Rock Stadium (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

LAKE BUENA VISTA — If you ever had a chance to speak with Dolphins safety Reshad Jones, you’d be able to sense the emotion and energy that channels through him at almost every moment.

And if you ever want to see Jones’ face light up and even seem a little sappy, ask him how his daughter is doing.

Many players post Instagram photos or videos of themselves working out or lip-syncing to rap music, but very often, Jones posts photos of himself with his daughter, a 4-year-old who made the trip to Disney World for the Pro Bowl.

“She means everything man,” Jones said, after Friday’s practice. “She just gives me something to work for. Just having her around it’s a cool atmosphere for the family to enjoy everything that they have set up. She’s everything to me. My only daughter. My first one. It’s special.”

On one Instagram post with his daughter, Jones wrote: “It’s you that helps me become a better me.”

In another post, Jones writes: “You have been a blessing from the start.”

Late nights early mornings #G5

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Jones had 122 tackles this season and if that seems like a lot, well, it is.

But it wasn’t all easy. As Jones worked his way back from a season-ending injury this season, there were a few rough spots early.

“I played like myself,” Jones said. “I went out and made plays. I feel like a left a couple plays out there this year. But coming off an injury I think I did pretty good. I’m in my prime. I’m still going up. I’m getting better as I grow. The injury I’m over. I’m back to 100 percent. So the sky is the limit.”

Jones should be even better in 2018. He was arguably Miami’s most impactful defensive player when on the field in 2015 and ’16. Jones is also, still, one of the most underrated players in the league.

Its you that help me become a better me 🌎

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Pro Bowl recognition seems to mean a bit more to Jones, who was once a fifth-round pick out of Georgia.

“It means a lot,” Jones said. “I put all the hard work and dedication in. It just shows that all my hard work and dedication is not going unnoticed. People are watching.”

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