MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.—Barrett Jones didn't hobble through the crimson and white celebration confetti on crutches like he did last month after the SEC Championship game, but his foot was throbbing after Alabama beat Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS National Championship Monday.
Jones, who was originally said to have sprained his foot in the first quarter of the SEC title game against Georgia, revealed that he actually tore several ligaments and not only continued to play that whole game, but rehabbed enough so he could play against Notre Dame.
"If there was a chance I could play, I wanted to finish it the right way," he said. "Plus I was sitting on 49 starts and wanted to finish with 50. I'm just kidding, but no, not playing never crossed my mind. If I could play, I wanted to play. We have the best doctors in the world and they really worked together and had a meeting with my family that I could do this, I could certainly play one game."
Because of the circumstances—this being one more game, his last college hurrah and the national championship—Jones taped up his foot and played. But if this injury had occurred earlier in the season, he wouldn't have been able to.
"This is not an injury I could play with for a season," he said. "This is traditionally a season-ending type injury, but they (doctors, coaches, parents) really felt that since it was a one-game scenario, I could make it through."
Jones will have surgery on his foot Wednesday and will be out 3-4 months, meaning he will miss the NFL Combine and other workouts for pro scouts and coaches. He hopes NFL brass will judge him on his film and all he's accomplished at Alabama.
Asked if anyone recommended he have surgery before this game, Jones scoffed.
"Well, not anybody that knows me," he said. "Anybody that knows me knows there was no way I was missing this one."
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