The Indianapolis Colts announced today that Rusty Jones, the Director of Sports Performance, has retired. Jones, a 34-year NFL veteran, had been with the Colts for the previous six seasons from 2018-23.
Before joining the Colts, Jones worked as a sports performance consultant for several professional and collegiate programs from 2014-17. He was recognized by the NFL with the strength and conditioning Lifetime Achievement award in 2016 and named the National Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2006. Prior to Indianapolis, he held various roles with different teams, including director of physical development, strength and conditioning coordinator, and strength and conditioning coordinator for the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears.
Jones earned a degree in physical education from Springfield College and a master’s degree in exercise physiology, serving as a graduate assistant with the football program in his first three years at Springfield. He began his career teaching at Dover High School in New Hampshire for three years. Jones is a native of Berwick, Maine, and an alumnus of Noble High School.
The Colts’ General Manager Chris Ballard described Jones as one of the most well-respected experts in sports conditioning and nutrition in their industry. He commended Jones for helping numerous athletes reach their full potential through his guidance and knowledge. Ballard also expressed his excitement for Jones as he begins the next chapter of his life with his family, attributing the Colts’ fortune over the last six years to having him on board.