Ravens running back Anthony Allen can practically smell the rich aroma of Mama Jones' famous gumbo.
Pro Bowl return specialist Jacoby Jones returns to his hometown of New Orleans today for the Super Bowl. His mother, Emily London-Jones, popularly called Mama Jones by Jacoby and his teammates, is known for throwing down in the kitchen with her Cajun cooking.
"I can't wait to have some more of her gumbo," said Allen, Jones' blocking back and chief bodyguard on kickoff returns. "I ate at the house for Thanksgiving, and I can't wait to have some more. Hopefully, she can bring us a couple of plates of food when we get to New Orleans."
Jones' mother, a director of student financial aid at Xavier University in New Orleans, is scheduled to greet her son and his teammates later today when the AFC champions arrive in the Big Easy.
"Mama Jones, she's awesome," defensive end Arthur Jones said. "I've met her a few times. I'm going to definitely try to get a plate of food. Everybody says the gumbo is like that. I've got to get some."
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he's hoping for a few helpings of London-Jones' gumbo.
"Monday after we have some meetings, we are going to have a little shindig at the hotel," Harbaugh said. "I guess gumbo is going to be there. I can't wait."
Added Jones: "Yeah, she might try to get something done on Monday, some good food."
For Jacoby Jones, this trip to the Super Bowl caps an ideal first season with the Ravens.
After signing a two-year, $7 million contract last spring, Jones has three returns for touchdowns and led the NFL in kickoff return average. He tied an NFL record for longest kickoff return with a 108-yard touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys.
After growing up in New Orleans, where he played high school football and ran track at Abramson, Jones heads home riding a high in the midst of the best season of his six-year NFL career.
"It's been a ride, it's been fun, it's a blessing," said Jones, whose mother saw his game-tying 70-yard touchdown catch the Broncos in Denver. "I can't complain. I'm happy.
"It's funny how life works. Just being on this team and everything that happened, it's been a smooth ride. I can't even explain it."