8x All-Pro "Agent 0" back in action for 2023

by Erie Express Media

The Erie Express are happy to announce the return of 8x All-Pro DB- Ashton Jones (Gannon University) for the 2023 season. Agent "0" begins his tenth season with the Express and is a returning starter in the secondary.

This past season season we were crowned USA Bowl Summer Division National Champions, won our Division for the fourth year in a row and qualified for the GDFL National Playoffs for the seventh year in a row. In January of 2023 we headed to Daytona Beach, FL to face the Minneapolis Warriors in the USA Bowl Summer Division National Championship Game. (17-20 loss) The above mentioned team accolades, Ash had a direct hand in making possible. For his efforts last season Jones was named GDFL All-Pro for the eighth time.

Ashton played a major role in our undefeated 2021 GDFL National Championship season. In January Jones was named the 2022 USA Bowl Player of the Game in our victory over the Iredell County Warriors (NC) for the Summer Division National Championship in Florida. This past season Ashton recorded 35 total tackles including 6 tackles for loss (-42yds), 3 sacks, 2 fumbles caused, 2 fumbles recovered, 3 interceptions (44 return yards), 2 touchdowns and 13 pass break ups. Ashton led the GDFL during the playoffs in interceptions with 2. For his efforts Jones received Express team awards of Most Improved Defense, Defensive Back of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Tyler Covato Man of the Year and was named GDFL All-Pro for the 7th time in his career.

Jones has been a team leader for us over the past nine seasons. Every year our defense is one of the top in the country and his performance and leadership has had a major impact on our overall team success.

"Ashton has been one of our main guys for so many years it has been very odd not having him around. We are beyond happy to see him back in an Express uniform. The leadership he brings on and off the field is unmatched. He has been an All-Pro. Team Captain, Man of the Year winner and GDFL Defensive Player of the Year (2021) All of those accolades speak to who he is. A born leader who now works to give these same types of opportunities to our youth. We are blessed to have Ash back and are expecting another great season from him in 2023."-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.

Ashton is a graduate of Strong Vincent High School where he had a stellar HS career. Jones was named Team Captain his senior year and was selected to play in the annual Save an Eye All Star Game after his All Region senior season. Ashton played his college ball at Gannon University where he was a three year letter winner and starter for the Golden Knights. Jones finished fourth on the team his senior season in total tackles with 56, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 INT, 3 pass breakups and 5 passes defended. Ashton has played professionally for the Erie Explosion of the CIFL.

Ashton is sponsored by Metro 21 Youth Football.

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We are happy to have you back on board with us Agent 0.