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Jones, who helped Winnipeg to pair of Grey Cups, dies

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Tyrone Jones, a linebacker who helped the Winnipeg Blue Bombers capture two Grey Cup titles during his eight-year tenure with the CFL club, has died. He was 46.

Jones, who starred at Southern University, died in his native Georgia on Tuesday morning. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2005.

"This is a very sad day, however we need to remember and celebrate the person of Tyrone Jones; the player of Tyrone Jones and the human being that was Tyrone Jones," said Bombers president Lyle Bauer, a former teammate of Jones. "He made a huge, huge impact on this football team and this league."

Jones joined the Bombers in 1983 and spent eight seasons with the club. He also spent time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and B.C. Lions, and tried out for the Phoenix Cardinals in 1988.

He was a four-time CFL All-Star and still holds the Winnipeg career sack record with 98. Jones was the 1984 Grey Cup MVP and in 1985 was named the CFL's top defensive player.

Jones is survived by three sons.