The Indianapolis Colts have announced that Director of Sports Performance Rusty Jones has retired after serving in the role for the past six seasons from 2018-2023. Colts General Manager Chris Ballard praised him for his expertise in conditioning and nutrition, as well as the passion and energy he brought to the team. Jones’s positive influence on the athletes he has worked with was also noted, and his contributions to the Colts’ organization were greatly appreciated.
Jones’s impressive career includes being the recipient of the 2016 NFL strength and conditioning Lifetime Achievement award, as well as the 2006 National Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award. Before his tenure in Indianapolis, he was a sports performance consultant for several professional and collegiate programs. This followed his initial retirement from the NFL after serving with the Chicago Bears and the Buffalo Bills. Jones’s dedication to the field of sports performance has earned him recognition and respect throughout his career.
Jones’s journey to becoming a prominent figure in the sports performance world began with a physical education degree from Springfield College. He spent three years as a teacher at Dover High School in New Hampshire before returning to Springfield to earn a master’s degree in exercise physiology. His experience as a graduate assistant with the football program provided valuable skills that contributed to his successful career in the NFL.