Landry Jones Urged By Wife To Get Right Back To Practice After Birth Of First Baby

The life of Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Landry Jones certainly changed last week when he became a father for the first time. While Jones probably could’ve taken a few days off to enjoy his new baby boy with his wife Whitney, he reportedly was back at practice the very next day at the urging of his significant other.

“My wife is an athlete, so she gets it, you feel you have a responsibility to show up when you’re supposed to be here,” Jones said, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “She was great. She was understanding. She was the one who told me to go in.”

Jones’ return to practice just so happened to coincide with starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missing the Steelers final practice of the week as he and wife Ashley also welcomed another new baby to the world on Thursday. As a result, Jones reportedly received reps with the Steelers first-team offense in Roethlisberger’s absence and opportunities such as that probably don’t come along very often during the offseason.

“It wasn’t too bad, kind of reminded me of college,” Jones said, according to Jacob Klinger of Penn Live. “You don’t ever sleep in college anyways.”

Jones, who showed some improvements last season when asked to play in place of an injured Roethlisberger and last year’s No. 2 quarterback Mike Vick, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. With that improvement noted, Jones had a golden opportunity to potentially clinch the backup job for the 2016 season when he again replaced a temporarily injured Roethlisberger in last year’s Wild Card game against the Cincinatti Bengals. However, after going 2-of-5 passing for 11 yards and an interception with that playoff game on the line, Jones entered the offseason with his exact spot on the team’s depth chart in question.

For now, Jones is expected to battle veteran quarterback Bruce Gradkowski for the remainder of the offseason for the right to backup Roethlisberger in 2016. While it certainly doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton reportedly said Tuesday that Jones has shown enough to be the team’s everyday backup, according to Klinger, as his play surprised a lot of his teammates last year.

Now that Jones has another mouth to feed, you would have to think his level of urgency to establish himself as a legitimate backup has increased some while the amount of sleep he’ll get over the course of the next several months will more than likely decrease.

When reading all of these recent articles about Jones following the birth of his new son, I cant help but think about that classic scene from the movie “Rocky II” when Adrian Balboa awoke from her coma after giving birth and told Rocky to win. With that said, I’m pretty sure the exchange between Jones and his wife wasn’t that dramatic. I also doubt Randy Fichtner, the Steelers quarterback coach, was in the same room yelling, “What are we waiting for?” after Whitney told her husband to get himself to practice.

 

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Even his wife doesn’t want him around 💣!

  • Daniel

    Congrats slacker..if you need ur wife to urge u to get back to work, what does that say of you

  • SteelersDepot

    yeah, I really don’t interpret it that way

  • Brian Miller

    It really is in LJ’s best interest, and the Steeler’s best interest, to have him exceed expectations this year. I am rooting for him to be the main backup moving forward. He showed glimpses of potential last season playoff game notwithstanding…

  • Geoffrey Benedict

    She’s afraid he’d pass her child to the wrong mother. Better to stick to turning over footballs.

  • smartbomb2084

    Agreed…these are the fans at the game that embarrass you and make you wish they were Raven or Raider fans…

  • joed32

    Do you have kids? The first one’s a big deal.

  • Daniel

    Yes I do I have 2 kids. In fact i worked that very same day when my wife gave birth at 3am went to work at 6am, didnt get any rest. And I have to work for a living because it’s so Damn expensive in California. And on top of it I don’t get payed millions of dollars

  • joed32

    I live in Riverside, Ca.

  • Daniel

    I live in san diego county huge difference pal. U need a salary of at least 100,000 a yr to buy a house

  • Jacob

    Makes sense. She doesn’t need him to be unemployed next year…and I’m sure Landry wants to give this everything he has.

  • Brian Miller

    Ha ha, I see what you did there!

  • joed32

    I know a family living down there but he’s retired like me and our houses are paid for.

  • Daniel

    Thats good but not everyones houses are paid for. Your not getting my point. Look it’s good for him to watch the birth I get it but he’s getting paid millions to play football and get better at it. it’s not like he’s working 24/7 a day..he will have plenty of time to help his wife out.

  • Berdj Rassam

    She’s smart – she’s like I got the baby. You go to get the money!

  • cencalsteeler

    Love here attitude! By chance, do we have room to give her a tryout?

  • cencalsteeler

    Tough crowd!

  • VinHuddle

    LOL!

  • JohnB

    Sounds like she’s a Steelers fan. Congrats, LJ.

  • T R

    i am sure he wanted to go to practice. but its more about being sensitive to your wife as well. happy wife happy life.. if you ran out on your wife after she just carried your child. But since wifey was understanding as well and knows what pays the bills she was cool with him leaving. you might not get it.

  • T R

    Or maybe not.. if she was a Steelers fans she might say stay home.. she dont want him on the field. LOL

  • Stephen

    Good one

  • LHW

    What does money have to do with it? As usual, take the human element out of the situation, it makes it sooooo much easier. We have no idea of the tenor of their discussion, so we should not judge. I am glad they worked it out, and the baby came out healthy. And man – lighten up!

  • dany

    Funny how no one is rooting for the steelers to draft Zeke Jones in the 2038 Draft

  • I live in Encinitas in North County San Diego and have spent at least one or two days helping my wife get settled after having each of our boys. I thought most employers encourage employees to take a few days when a baby is born.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Maybe she just did not want the baby intercepted before going home.

  • The Notorious TOM

    Landry the GOAT.

    Can’t wait to see my guy kill it this presea.

  • The Notorious TOM

    Delete your account.

  • John A Stewart

    You must have bump your head

  • Brian Miller

    Nope, just not blinded by hatred and I try to keep an open mind. Has he looked terrible in all preseasons, yep…did he look bad in the playoff game, sure…but he did show signs of improvement last year, and I am rooting for him…

  • NinjaMountie

    He almost arranged that baby at the perfect time. Almost but not quite. A couple more months and training camp would have gotten him out of late night feedings.

  • Craig M

    Fullerton.

  • Applebite

    I hate to be that guy, but…Less baby making, more making completions. Chop, chop!

  • Craig M

    I have 5 sons, got drunk as all get out when the last one was born, right at Easter time. Wife came home early from the hospital, I was still a mess and the other 4 boys had a hard-boiled egg fight in the house w/ 4 dozen eggs- she wouldn’t talk to me for 2 solid weeks. But anyway, though the first one is special all your children’s births are a big deal.

  • Craig M

    I liked the way he stayed in the pocket and his concentration. I expect him to vastly improve this year.

  • John A Stewart

    It’s not hatred he just can’t be trusted if Ben goes down.

  • joed32

    Ben took a day off for his 3rd, Landry did not take any time off and said that his wife told him it was OK not to and your calling him a shirker?

  • Brian Miller

    I understand your pessimism and I respect your opinion, I just think he showed signs of improvement. To be honest, if Ben goes down again during the season and misses significant time we are in trouble anyway. Let’s just say I am more hopeful for him this year than I was last year.

  • John A Stewart

    For my sake Brian lets hold hands and pray that Ben can stay healthy.

  • Brian Miller

    In that we can agree sir!