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Former Broncos great, two-time champion Tony Jones dies at 54

Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Former Denver Broncos Pro Bowl offensive lineman Tony Jones, who was a starter on two of the Broncos' Super Bowl-winning teams, has died, it was announced Friday. He was 54.

Jones, who started at right tackle in the Broncos' win in Super Bowl XXXII and at left tackle when the franchise won Super Bowl XXXIII the following year, played 13 seasons in the NFL. He spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Broncos after entering the league as an undrafted rookie in 1988.

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Jones -- known as "T-Bone" to his teammates -- played the last four seasons of his career with the Broncos. He retired after starting 16 games in the 2000 season.

"We lost a great man," former Broncos teammate Rod Smith wrote on social media. "Just happened to be a hell of a ball playa. We love you and miss you Bone. One of the Broncos' all-time best tackles. Greatest dresser of all time!"

Ed McCaffrey, who also played alongside Jones with the Broncos, called the offensive lineman "a great teammate and a wonderful man."

Jones, a Pro Bowl selection in 1998, was named to the Broncos' Top 100 team in 2019. The team's official website also ranked Jones as the fourth-best tackle in franchise history in 2016.

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