Rookie wide receiver Zay Jones was 18 years from existing when the first Star Wars movie hyperdrove into theaters and forced its way into the imaginations of generations of science fiction fans.
Clearly, the Buffalo Bills wideout, born in 1995, is one of those fans.
The rookie found the end zone for his first career touchdown during his squad’s Thursday-night matchup with the New York Jets.
And he decided to mark the occasion by reigning victorious in a lightsaber battle with fellow wide receiver Andre Holmes.
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May the Force be with you 🖐
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Despite his force powers, Jones was injured by an opponent later in the game.
Apparently all one needs to take down a Jedi or Sith is the capacity to intentionally trip them, as Jets cornerback Buster Skrine will tell you.
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Jones was listed as questionable to return, then retook the field in the second half of his team’s 34-21 loss.
“He’s a warrior,” quarterback Tyrod Taylor said of the rookie wideout after the loss. “He wants to be out there on the field. He wants to compete. He’s a confident guy. I hope the injury isn’t too bad. I want him out there on the field because I know his passion for the game and how he wants to be out there.”
It was easily the best game of Jones’ career; he hauled in six of seven targets for 53 yards to go with the touchdown.