When the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Jacoby Jones was instrumental in their 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, scoring touchdowns on a 108-yard kickoff return and a 56-yard reception.
If Flacco hadn't earned Most Valuable Player honors, Jones would have been a strong candidate.
Now, the former Pro Bowl kick returner is eyeing a successful return to his hometown Monday night, when the Ravens play the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"It's always going to be history because what we did was historic," said Jones, who tied a Super Bowl record for longest kickoff return. "We're always going to be brothers. High school all-star games there, all kinds of things, every time I walk in that stadium no matter whether I'm retired or not, it's a piece of me. I got a piece of this turf."
This hasn't been a banner season offensively for Jones, who has four receptions for 50 yards and has dropped six passes, but he has picked up his pace as a return man recently. Jones had a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers and has averaged 31.7 yards per kickoff return and 8.2 yards per punt return.
Going back to New Orleans brings a smile to Jones' face.
"I mean it's home, you know," Jones said. "I'm going to see family friends, good food. That will be the main thing."
Jones downplayed the notion that the Ravens might have extra energy because of the venue.
"I think honestly we're going to be ourselves," he said. "We're not going to get too out of hand even though it's Monday Night Football. We're going to stay the course. We've got to take one game at a time. We ain't going to get too geeked up. It's almost two years ago. We're trying to get to this Super Bowl. We're trying to get another one."