Bill Peterson, former athletic director at Shorter and an assistant football coach under Phil Jones, praises his colleague at Saturday’s gathering at the Rome Civic Center. Peterson organized Saturday’s event with Bob Berry. Hometown photo. Co-host Bob Berry, right, talks about his relationship with Phil Jones and the impact the coach had on so many lives. Hometown photo. Phil Jones listens to one of his former players describing the impact his head coach had –and continues to have — on his life. Hometown photo. Former players and staffers listen to the speakers as they talk about the legacy of Phil Jones. Hometown photo. A former linebacker talks about the lasting impact Phil Jones had had on his life. Hometown photo. Bob Berry, left, and Bill Peterson, right, check on the more than 100 guests who packed the civic center Saturday afternoon. Hometown photo. The Abercrombies — Jackson, a former player, and Elaine, a hug supporter with her husband Tony, at Satuday’s gathering. Hometown photo. The team covenant from the 2008 season. Hometown photo
Some of the memories from the Phil Jones era at Shorter. Hometown photo. Some of the memories from the Phil Jones era at Shorter. Hometown photo. Some of the memories from the Phil Jones era at Shorter. Hometown photo. The parking lot outside the Rome Civic Center was near capacity at 1:30 p.m., 90 minutes after the “Afternoon With Phil Jones” got under way. Hometown photo.
Coach Phil Jones draws another capacity crowd — this time as his players, coaches, supporters and fans gathered Saturday at the Rome Civic Center to honor the man who is the cornerstone of Hawks’ football — and the lives of dozens and dozens of young men.