Mac Jones Patriots Dec 18, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) reacts in the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Patriots 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s pretty difficult for a player to make it to the NFL without a strong work ethic, and as one former Alabama Crimson Tide player points out, that was certainly true of former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones.

Mac Hereford, a former teammate of Mac Jones, recently recalled a hilarious story that shows just how hard Mac Jones works even outside of practice.

Hereford explains that the team went to Birmingham for their annual team banquet, which required dress attire. After the banquet, Jones was quick to pull Hereford aside for some extra work – even if Hereford was still wearing his suit.

“Mac’s like, ‘Hereford, you wanna catch a couple?’” Hereford recalled during an appearance on the Sidehustle podcast. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, but I’m not gonna get out of my suit. I’m gonna stay in my suit.’ So I’m in my suit from the banquet, Mac goes and changes — he gets in his stuff. He comes out on the field and it starts off like we’re just tossing. I’m like, ‘Alright, I guess I’ll take off the jacket. Getting a little bit hot in here.’ I’m in a button-down and some slacks out here in the Mal M. Moore practice facility.

“We keep throwing and then he’s like, ‘Hey, do you mind jogging this route?’ So then I’m jogging this little slant route, catching the ball. I love catching, I’m a field rat, so I love this stuff. But, I’m barefoot. I didn’t bring my cleats, so now I’ve gotten out of my church shoes, I’m barefoot in Mal M. Moore facility, it’s like 10:30 at night and we just got back from this thing, and no one else is here. I’m in a suit catching footballs from Mac Jones. Like, what is going on right now?”

It’s a wild story, and people had plenty to say about it.

It’s safe to say that work ethic worked out for Jones in the long run.

[Mac Hereford]