Louisiana Jones Gumbo Hour – January 7, 2023
Written by B.J. Rust on January 7, 2023
Terrence “Ta-Ta” Jones was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but was reared in the small town of Lutcher, Louisiana in St. James Parish. Mr. Jones attended Elementary, Junior and Senior High School in Lutcher where he was a 1984 Parade Magazine High School All-American Quarterback and a member of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association High School All State Basketball team. Prior to graduating from Lutcher High in the summer of 1985, Mr. Jones accepted an athletic football scholarship from Tulane University during the 1985 Spring signing period.
Terrence concluded his student status at Tulane University in 1989 after being drafted in the 7th Round by the San Diego Chargers in the 1989 NFL Draft. Mr. Jones then opted for a 5-year career as a Quarterback in the Canadian Football League with stops at Calgary Stampeders, Ottawa Roughriders and the now defunct Shreveport Pirates team from Louisiana. Upon completion of his professional football career, Jones returned to Tulane and completed his undergraduate degree in 1995 with a BS in Sports Administration/Phys. Ed., in addition, he obtained his MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix’s Metairie Campus in 2004.
From 2016-2019, Terrence provided color analyst duties for Crescent City Sports high school football format, pre/post New Orleans Saints football game radio commentary on WGSO 990am, pre/post Tulane football commentary as well as targeted color analyst duties for Green Wave football on 1280am and garnered experience as a color analyst for high school football for VSN Louisiana. Also, during this time frame Terrence founded and hosted the Terrence “Louisiana” Jones Gumbo Hour at WGSO 99oam.
With professional employment roles previously from the Business, Government, Higher Learning and High School arenas, Terrence currently is a high school career coach for a collaborative between the National Jobs for America’s Graduate or JAG program and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
The Show – Terrence “Louisiana” Jones Gumbo Hour
As a former high school, college, and professional football player I accepted the obligation of responding to interview questions in real time both during and after games, won or lost. Upon countless business, community and youth speaking engagements post professional football playing days, the experiences inspired and provided me the confidence to create and be on the other side of the lens, questions, and microphones.
The show’s name was birthed from my collegiate football days at Tulane University during the summer of 1988. The Athletic Department decided I was worthy of a Heisman Trophy campaign. Thus, they came up with the name “Louisiana Jones”. It was a theme and play on words from the Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones movies. Huge billboards in and around the Superdome and the New Orleans area was erected leading up to the Fall of 1988. Unfortunately, it was short lived, but I had a lot of fun making the poster with my teammates. I added the “Gumbo” verbiage because it is synonymous with New Orleans and its culture, a little bit of everything. In that spirit, the TLJGH content will consist of topics, or I like to say ingredientsfrom the Academic, Alumni, Business, Sports, Workforce and Youth arenas. One of the show’s purposes is to promote positive and thought-provoking dialogue between/with the host, sponsors, guests and listening audience. We will accomplish this with a P.U.S.H (#positiveunlimitedsuccincthabits) and the A.O.B.C