Murfreesboro's Jack Jones (far left) and the Life in the Shadows crew

The life of an offensive lineman is not a glamorous one. It is  an area of play that when executed properly, praise is lavished on others. Quarterbacks are given time to throw and running backs have holes to burst through. Lineman usually only hear their number called if they have done something wrong. Oddly enough, this “life in the shadows” is now bringing recognition to Tennessee Volunteer O-lineman Jack Jones.

Former Oakland lineman Jack Jones takes a selfie while Volunteers quarterback Josh Dobbs poses with a fan in the background.
Former Oakland lineman Jack Jones takes a selfie while Volunteers quarterback Josh Dobbs poses with a fan in the background.

Jones, a former Oakland Patriots star, along with his line mates at UT recently were shown on ESPN as a result of their twitter feed @OLPShadows. The account shows various Tennessee offensive lineman taking selfies while the school’s star QB, Josh Dobbs, is being appreciated by fans in the background. The photos, all done in light-hearted jest, show Dobbs signing autographs, taking photos and speaking to media while the lineman appear to ignored.

Junior Tennessee OL member Thomas Edwards is the mastermind behind the twitter account. Edwards said that former lineman Ja’Wuan James once told him to “embrace the life in the shadows” and that they ran with the idea from there.
Since launching their twitter account, the OLPShadows boys have garnered a great deal of love from their fanbase. They currently are closing in on 8,000 followers.
You can check out more of Jones and crew’s selfies here.


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