We’ve seen player after player set their personal goals for the season. Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson eyeing 2,000 yards, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant trying to beat him there. Adrian Peterson eyeing 2,500 yards and setting a date he’ll break Emmitt Smith’s record. C.J. Spiller has a goal but he won’t share it.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones isn’t one of those players.
“No, no goals for myself. It’s all about the team,” Jones said, via the team’s website. “I’ve always been like that. People always say ‘you don’t have any personal goals?’ No, I don’t have any personal goals. I don’t want to sell myself short.”
“I don’t go out there and try for Pro Bowl, I’m thinking Super Bowl. The commercials and stuff with the sponsors and everything that I have, allow me to make commercials and reach out to the fans and show them Julio Jones off the field. ”
He’s exploded onto the national scene but that extra pressure isn’t getting to Jones.
“No pressure on me at all. I’m going to continue to do what I’ve been doing. As long as I come out here and get the work in now, everything else comes easy for me. You have to put the time and effort in.”
“When I go out there and put the helmet on, it’s time to go to work. I really don’t care who is in front of me, I just go to work. That’s what I think is helping the young guys out as well. Just going out there and playing Julio. Just going out there and being me and not bringing it down a level. I’m raising the bar for them and bring their play up to my level. ”