When Justin Jones joined the Chargers in 2018, he was two classes and an internship shy of finishing his bachelor’s degree at NC State.
Fast forward a year, and his work is officially done.
Jones completed his remaining requirements and graduated with a degree in sport management, marking the occasion by walking in the school’s commencement ceremony.
There was no doubt Jones would finish his degree, but the road to the walk at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. almost didn’t happen.
Just ask him and his mom, Jamela Jones.
Justin made it a point this offseason to officially complete his degree. He knew he wanted to do it sooner rather than later.
But what he didn’t want to do was walk.
“I didn’t want to walk in the first place,” Justin reflected. “My mom wanted me to walk. I made sure I did it.”
Cross-reference the story with his mom and it matches.
“I knew he would graduate, because he told me he would even though I was bugging him,” Jamela mentioned. “But he didn’t want to walk. He asked if it was serious and I said, ‘Yes, it is that serious!’ Every parent wants to see their child walk across the stage.”
Although they agreed that he’d walk, Justin still wasn’t too keen on the idea. Mainly because he felt awkward not knowing the people he’d be walking with.