Hounds’ great Patterson honored

The football game didn’t go very well, but otherwise it was a wonderful night for the Patterson family.

Former Greyhound star Donald Patterson became the first Jones County football player to have his jersey retired in a halftime ceremony last Friday night.

Patterson, now 58, graduated in 1975 after a stellar run in athletics at Jones County, which included three years as a football starter, the last two as quarterback.

He signed with Georgia Tech and was a three-year starter at cornerback for the Yellow Jackets and a team captain his senior season. He played briefly in the NFL with the Detroit Lions and New York Giants after college.

“It is a great honor to recognize Mr. Patterson and have him be the first football player to have his jersey retired,” Jones County athletic director Barry Veal said. “Not only was he a great football player, but he also starred in baseball and basketball. He earned 10 varsity letters in his high school career.”

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