Chad Neal pitched the idea to Brownsburg football coach Brett Comer on Monday.
“You want to go to Boston?” asked Neal, a Brownsburg football assistant.
Colts vs. Patriots. AFC championship. Sunday night. And, most importantly, a chance to see former Brownsburg standout Chris Jones, a second-year pro who has carved out a starting spot at defensive tackle in New England.
“I thought about it for a minute and said, ‘Yeah, why not?'” Comer said.
First he had to clear it with his wife, Angee.
“Her exact comment was, ‘Brett, you have to go,'” he said. “My exact comment was, ‘I love you. You are the best.’ What a great opportunity to see the Colts and a former player, not to mention it’s the AFC championship.”
Comer, Neal and Western Boone coach Justin Pelley, a former Brownsburg assistant, will fly out Saturday morning for the game. Comer said it will depend on the Patriots’ schedule whether they see Jones on Saturday. But dinner on Sunday after the game with Jones is on the agenda.
“He said, ‘It’s going to be late, coach,'” Comer said. “But I said, ‘I’m coming to Boston to see you. I don’t care what time it is.'”
The 6-1, 310-pound Jones, whose family is originally from Ohio, had an excellent high school career, earning all-state and Super Team honors as a senior at Brownsburg. But he was passed over by BCS programs in the recruiting process and signed with Bowling Green.
“There were some colleges that didn’t think he was explosive enough to play in their league,” Comer said. “Then he started four years at Bowling Green and got bigger, stronger and faster and got drafted.”
Jones was selected in the sixth round of the draft by the Houston Texans in 2013. He was cut before the season and picked up briefly by Tampa Bay. He caught on in September of 2013 with the Patriots and has been a key contributor ever since. In 28 games over two seasons, Jones has 79 tackles and nine sacks.
“I could never have predicted he’d do this,” Comer said. “You can’t look into a crystal ball and know that. But he had as good of a chance as anybody and he’s made the most of his opportunity.”
Comer is a Colts’ fan. He’s also a Jones’ fan. Who will he be rooting for on Sunday?
“It’s a win-win for us,” he said. “If the Colts win, we have our local team in the Super Bowl. If the Patriots win, Brownsburg has a guy playing in the Super Bowl. We can’t lose.”
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Colts at Patriots, 6:40 p.m. Sunday, CBS