Wednesday Apr 29 2009
Former 49er to make Rocklin stop
By: Staff report
Brent Jones will speak at prayer breakfast on May 7
Brent Jones, former all-pro tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual South Placer County National Day of Prayer Breakfast Thursday, May 7, at William Jessup University in Rocklin. The United States Congress created National Day of Prayer in 1952 as a day when people of all faiths are asked to come together and pray, especially for their nation. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated it as a floating holiday on the first Thursday in May each year. “We are excited to have Brent Jones as our keynote speaker,” said John Allard, chairman of the South Placer breakfast. “Brent is a great speaker with a truly inspirational story to tell.” In his 11-year career in the National Football League, Jones was a member of three 49ers Super Bowl championship teams. After being a fifth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1986, he was involved in an automobile accident and suffered a neck injury. In 1987 he was signed by the 49ers as a free agent. Jones went on to record 417 receptions for 5,195 yards and 33 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times, received All-Pro honors three times and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Following his NFL career, Jones served as a network football analyst for the NFL on CBS for six years. He has also been an active participant in Young Life, an organization started in 1940 to work with adolescents. “It took a lot of hard work and dedication to become a successful NFL pro, but football has never been my top priority in life,” Jones said in a news release. “I discovered that there was more to life than sports. I had a significant void on the inside that athletics and friends could not fill. Later I realized that the key to fulfillment and contentment in life was a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” The South Placer County National Day of Prayer event, now in its fourth year, has grown each year after having attracted approximately 200 people to its first breakfast. “We are expecting upwards of 750 people this year and are encouraging people to get their tickets early,” Allard said. Tickets cost $12 each for adults and $6 for students. They are available online at jessup.edu/SPCNDPB. Additional information is available by calling 577-1800.