|Position:||Director of Sports Performance|
Jones' National Football League career began in 1985 with the Buffalo Bills, where he coached for 20 years; head coach Marv Levy called him the team's "secret weapon". He moved to Chicago as their strength and conditioning coordinator on February 3, 2005.
Jones was viewed as an important figure in the development of strength and conditioning training in football, making innovations including individualized workout and diet regimens, and an emphasis on the body mass index and hydration monitoring. In 2007, he was named coach of the year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society.
On January 19, 2013, the Bears reported that Jones would retire after 28 years of coaching. In his career, Jones' teams qualified for the playoffs 13 times, and reached the Super Bowl five times; he worked with 43 Pro Bowlers and seven Pro Football Hall of Famers.
In 2016 he received the NFL strength and conditioning Lifetime Achievement award at the NFL Combine.
- Brad Biggs, "Shaping up as an area of strength Bears hoping longtime Bills fitness guru helps them stay healthier", Chicago Sun-Times, June 1, 2005 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- Dan Pompei, "Retiring Bears strength coach a pioneer in his field: Jones brought innovations in nutrition, hydration and exercise to NFL", Chicago Tribune, February 7, 2013.
- Bob LaGere, "Briggs Receives Franchise Tag from Bears - Reluctantly; Rusty Jones honored", Daily Herald, February 17, 2007 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- "Jones honored to be recognized by his peers", Chicago Bears, February 16, 2007.
- Mayer, Larry (January 19, 2013). "Bears director of physical development to retire". Chicago Bears. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
- "Bills Home". m.buffalobills.com. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
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