Donnie Jones should be exhausted. As the Eagles offense sputtered in the past two games, Jones punted 15 times, a pace that would put him well ahead of the league leaders. However, as a 10-year veteran of five teams who landed in Philadelphia this season as a free agent, Jones knows how to survive in the NFL.
He knows a few other things, too. A finance major at LSU who was burned in the economic meltdown, Jones, now 33, manages his own money. A savvy husband, he's up to speed with his wife's schmaltzy reality TV favorites. An improving golfer, he plays at the Country Club of Louisiana, where he tees up with PGA pros.
Jones is also an expert in Creole and Cajun delicacies - he's from the Bayou State - and appreciates the reigning king of country music's homage to his hometown. He spoke with Marcus Hayes this week.
Q So, do you even like the song, "Callin' Baton Rouge?"
Oh, yeah. I'm a big Garth Brooks fan. Actually, since 2005, I've donated money to his charity, Teammates for Kids Foundation. They do an appreciation party every year, and I've gotten to meet him.
Baton Rouge is still home. My wife's from Alexandria, La., and both of our families are all around there.
Q Like most kickers, you have a golf interest. How deep is that interest?
Away from football, that's probably my No. 1 interest, sport-wise - besides my wife and my son and daughter. I'm really into it. I'm probably a 10-handicap. Not a big practicer.
There's always that moment that keeps you coming back. As soon as the season ends, I'll go back to Louisiana, get up in the morning, drop my kids off and head to the club.
Q Have you seen any big-time tournaments?
When I played for the Dolphins (2005-06), I was able to go to the World Golf Championship event at Doral. Everyone wanted to follow Phil Mickelson and Tiger, so you could watch Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia with nobody around. You could see how sound every aspect of their game is.
The golf swing and the kicking and punting swing is very similar. When you're in control and you don't try to kill the ball, usually the ball travels pretty well. And the key in both is managing your mis-hits.
As far as players, I got to meet David Toms in college. He went to LSU and is a big LSU football fan. I did a segment of "Inside the PGA Tour" with him back then.
I belong to the Country Club of Louisiana. Two guys from there, who went to LSU, Andrew Loupe and John Peterson, just qualified for the PGA Tour. I played with them one day. John shot 65 and Andrew shot 63, from 7,200 yards. And Andrew missed two short putts; he could've shot 61 or 60.
Q Well, if they make it bigger, maybe you can handle their money. You handle your own, right?
Yeah. When the market took a dive, we decided that we wanted to be in control.
I don't do anything risky. We're in a different position from most young people our age. You're not trying to grow to make a big nest egg. With our big salaries, it enables you to be more conservative, even now.
And we're smart. We try to live frugally. We enjoy things, but we know it's not going to last forever. . . . We don't even have a DVR in our place here.
Q So, you watch the "Real Housewives" franchise shows in real time?
A lot of guys ask me, "Does your wife make you watch that?" Actually, I get into it.
I'm not a fan of all of the series. Of course, we started out watching the Orange County show, the first one. Now, we watch Beverly Hills. My wife loves Atlanta. She watches them all.