Cardale Jones Won a National Title at Ohio State, But Where is He Now?
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Cardale Jones made waves back in 2014 when he won the Ohio State Buckeyes a national championship. The man who was originally third-string on the depth chart stepped up when J.T. Barrett got injured in the regular season finale against Michigan and rolled through the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin as well as two of the best teams in the country in the College Football Playoff.

Jones became well known for more than taking down the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl and Marcus Mariota’s Oregon Ducks in the national championship game during his college football career. He gained criticism for tweeting that athletes shouldn’t have to go to classes because they were “pointless.”


Nearly seven years after capturing OSU’s eighth NCAA national championship under head coach Urban Meyer, where is the former Buckeye today? He’s bounced around professional football and has even been a sheriff.

Cardale Jones Pro Career

Cardale Jones, XFL
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After Jones scored two touchdowns and threw for 242 yards in the national title game, he returned to Ohio State in 2015 and parlayed that season into the Buffalo Bills selecting him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-5 passer had stints with the Bills, Los Angeles Chargers and on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad from 2016-19. He threw zero touchdowns and one interception in that time span.

When the XFL began in 2019, he served as the starting quarterback of the DC Defenders. While he didn’t find a ton of success in the XFL, he pulled off a pretty cool trick play.

Jones’ received a tryout with the Las Vegas Raiders during the 2020 preseason, but has been out of football since the XFL.

Cardale Jones Now

Cardale Jones in 2018 was named an honorary deputy sheriff by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. According to the Port Clinton News Herald, he was fitted for a police uniform but wouldn’t necessarily be chasing down bad guys.

“Cardale will be helping us to make sure we have the bond with our young people,” Ottawa sheriff Steve Levorchick told the News Herald. “They don’t want to hear from a 55-year-old sheriff, but they’ll listen to Cardale.”

In 2021, Cardale appears to contribute to Fox’s college football coverage and still frequently posts about the Buckeyes on his social media accounts.The former Cleveland Glenville High School star is still involved with the game he loves.

Jones also works with companies as an ambassador on Instagram. He’s posted to his 259,000 follower about watches, masks and clothing. He also teamed up with Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett to deliver Chipotle to people.


Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones only made about $1.5 million in the NFL, which isn’t a whole lot for a national championship quarterback. But it appears he’s found a way to make a living nearly seven years after starring in Columbus.

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Patrick covered the Florida Gators during the forgettable Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain eras before spending two seasons writing for Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. He lives in South Florida but his heart belongs in Gainesville, Florida.
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