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Former Alabama receiver Christion Jones signs with Canadian Football League

Former Alabama WR Christion Jones (No. 22) makes catch in traffic during 2014 SEC championship versus Missouri: Kevin D. Liles - USA TODAY Sports

Life in the National Football League with the Miami Dolphins did not pan out the way Christion Jones may have wanted, but the former Alabama wide receiver is still living his dream. 

After being released from the Dolphins and training countless hours with another ex-Crimson Tide standout turned athletic trainer, Mike McCoy, Jones has landed a spot in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He took the field Sunday night versus the BC Lions, and was credited with three good special teams plays – including 73 return yards on three returns (two kicks, punt). 

Despite Saskatchewan dropping the game 30-15, McCoy posted a photo to his Instagram showing how proud he is of Jones’ determination. As the co-founder of Warehouse Performance Institute, McCoy has mentored and led a number of Alabama players to the professional ranks. 

Before receiving an opportunity from the CFL, Jones was a marquee contributor at receiver and on special teams during his time at Alabama. He amassed 1,030 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 85 catches, while turning in 2,446 return yards (kick and punt return) with five scores on 134 attempts.

Jones was a part of two BCS national championship teams in 2011 and 2012.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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