OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- In officially retiring as a Baltimore Raven on Friday, Jacoby Jones sat in the first row of the team auditorium and watched highlights of his most memorable plays.
His biggest smile came when Joe Flacco's pass sailed high in the Denver air, over the arms of Broncos safety Rahim Moore and into his arms. The Mile High Miracle -- Jones' 70-yard touchdown catch that tied the 2012 AFC divisional playoff game -- remains the top play in Ravens history.
"You practice how you play," Jones said. "In the two-minute warning practice, Joe always looked at me and Torrey [Smith] and say, 'Just run.' He would always hold the ball and just stare at Dennis [Pitta] and then throw it over Ed Reed's head. So when it happened in the game, I'm thinking, 'Man, it worked. It really happened that way.'"
Jones' career with the Ravens was relatively short. He played 44 games over three seasons for Baltimore.
His impact, though, continues to last with the franchise. Jones changed the Ravens' fortunes from the snow game in Minnesota to the Super Bowl in New Orleans, whether it was a clutch return or a deep downfield reception.
To this day, fans will stop their cars to get out and meet Jones if they see him walking in downtown Baltimore.
"This organization is a family more than anything," Jones said. "The city of Baltimore accepted me. They took me in. It's love, I appreciate it. Everything has to come to an end, but at least it's here."
Jones would've been the Ravens' Super Bowl MVP if not for Flacco's Montana-like run. In New Orleans, he caught a 56-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 108-yard kickoff return in the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
"In the biggest game, on the biggest stage, had his best game in his hometown," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "And that's surreal."
Like he did so many times a player, Jones continued to draw laughter at his retirement press conference. A reporter asked Jones if he wanted to return some kicks against the Steelers on Sunday. It was in reference to the time in December 2013, when Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin got in Jones' way along the sideline during a kickoff.
"I ought to go trip Tomlin myself," Tomlin said. "Get even with him."