“I’ve already been part of the SEALS (Strategic
Entrepreneurship and Leadership Students) program
under Dr. Lou Marino,” he said. The short-term, high-impact assignment, designed to plunge students into
real-time situations, sent him to the support of a
Tuscaloosa-based online company whose savvy founder
faced marketing challenges. Jones and a Culverhouse
undergraduate, who double majored in economics and finance,
paired to guide the founder on a successful path.
After being an undergraduate and living in the football
bubble, Jones also welcomed the diverse makeup of the MBA
program. “It’s a melting pot,” he explained. “It’s interesting
to be working with people who are married, people who have
been in the military or people who have worked in a law firm
for five years before returning to get the degree. You have all
different people. And I don’t feel I’m just sitting in a classroom.
This is real life. I’m building toward a career and finding out
what I want to do with the rest of my life.”
Jones will complete his era at The University of Alabama
with an expected MBA graduation in May 2015. Then what?
“I can’t give you a job description, but I envision a job that
works a lot with people and operations and supply chain or
consulting,” he said. One thing he does know for certain is
this: His identity is wrapped up in his future and not his past.
“There’s a lot more to a person than just playing football.
You’re not going to be able to do that forever. I know that, and
I think the way God laid out my path was that he prepared my
Carolanne Roberts is a freelance writer and former travel editor of
Southern Living magazine, basedin Birmingham, Alabama.
At two-year intervals, Harrison Jones falls squarely between
big brother, Barrett, football star and Culverhouse School
of Accountancy graduate, and younger brother, linebacker
Walker Jones, a current UA student on the pre-med track.
“About 75 percent of the people I meet on campus suddenly
click and say, ‘Oh! You’re Barrett Jones’ little brother.’ When
I was little, it was ‘Oh! You’re Rex Jones’ son.’ (The senior
Jones played UA basketball in the 1980s.) It never bothered
me because I know my own identity. People ask if it bothers
me, if I’m jealous because Barrett gets so much attention,
but I’ve never felt that.
“What are the negatives about having a great older
brother who everybody knows? People love Barrett. He’s
great, and I appreciate his setting such a high standard
and example for me. Not just in football but in the way he
lives his life and the choices he makes. He’s one of my best
friends. And my younger brother is a stud. I can’t wait to see
what he does in the next few years.”
WORDS FROM THE “MIDDLE KID”