Ohio State’s Cardale Jones in FOX 8 exclusive: ‘It’s an honor to represent Cleveland in a positive way’

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CLEVELAND- The Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones is at the top of his game.

"I knew my role.  I knew I had to be ready when it was time for when my team needed me," said Cardale Jones, of Glenville.

"I didn't look at it as a time for me to show the world anything.  I just wanted to help my teammates and get the ball to the playmakers," said Jones.

Jones is the talk of the sports world after he led the Ohio State Buckeyes into sports history Monday night; he talked exclusively with FOX 8's Melissa Reid on Wednesday.

**Watch his exclusive interview above**

"It just felt amazing to be behind the guys who are pushing other guys into the end zone so that I can get into the end zone.  Having that belief and that trust in our o-lineman and teammates, you feel invincible," said Jones.

Jones is often described as a calm and collected quarterback on the field.

"I've always been like that.  Just coming from past experiences growing up, that's how I am.  Things that I was taught along the way," said Jones.

It was something he was taught at the Ginn Academy in Cleveland.

"Most definitely the mentors in my life, the relationships I've built with certain people in my life.  Certain people in my journey and my relationship with God," said Jones.

It's a foundation built on faith and fostered by people like Ted Ginn, Sr., his Glenville High School football coach.

"For me to be on that stage with other Cleveland guys, other Glenville guys, it was just unbelievable," said Jones.

It hasn't always been easy for this once third string quarterback.

"There were times during my time at Ohio State that I felt down and out.  And people like Coach Ginn talked me through," said Jones.

Jones said he also grew up overnight after sending out a controversial tweet several years ago.

"Lesson learned.  I didn't realize the spotlight I was under back then," said Jones.

But all that has helped shape him to who he is today:  a Buckeyes legend.

"When I raised that championship trophy over my head, it felt like I was on top of the world.  It's a feeling I want again," said Jones.

The sky is the limit for Jones.

As to whether or not he will go into the NFL?

"No, I haven't made that decision yet.  That's why I'm here in Cleveland, to meet with Coach Ginn and go over things like that," said Jones.

Jones said no matter where he goes, he won't forget where he began.

"Being where I am, it shows the pros that develop Cleveland. It's an honor to not only represent Ginn Academy, but Cleveland in a positive way," said Jones.

**Read much more on Ohio's State's road to the national championship win**

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