Patriots fans have always believed that Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo – affectionately known as “Jimmy GQ” – were the closest things they would ever see to the role of quarterback. But now they have a real role model leading their shift room.
It would be Mac Jones. No, we are not kidding.
Jones is perhaps best known as the key representation of daddy’s bodies everywhere at this point in his young career, but in his even younger career he was actually a role model child. He recently spoke about it in an appearance on WEEI 93.7’s “Merloni & Fauria” when asked what his “worst job” ever was.
âI was a model / actor kid, or whatever, and it was fun,â Jones said. “There are a few advertisements you might try to find. I think a lot of people know that.”
To her credit, Jones has only spoken openly about her modeling career. Still, it was news to a number of people who didn’t know about his not-so-secret double life. It may be over now, but there are certainly some lasting memories of her modeling career.
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Pictures of the child model Mac Jones
Naturally, following Jones’ revelation on âMerloni & Fauria,â many went looking for pictures of Jones during his modeling days. They were quite easy to find.
Dakota Randall of NESN unearthed a few shots of Jones, one in which he is wearing a tie and the other in which he is wearing a tennis racket.
NFL reporter Dov Kleiman was also able to find a handful of photos of Jones. He also found a clip of Jones attending a fashion show from his youth.
One of Jones’ commercials continues. It is still pictured on the “Adventure Landing” website, a regional theme park in Jacksonville, Florida. He appears on the “Kids Fun Center Parties” portion of the website, wearing an orange polo shirt.
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How did Mac Jones become a model child?
As Jones explained in a preliminary interview with Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN, he tried modeling thanks to his parents.
âThey never pushed me to play sports, which was really cool,â Jones said. “So I tried modeling, acting. My sister did and it’s like a modeling camp and I was like, I’m going to try it.”
And so, Jones did. And even though he said he “never really wanted to do this long term”, he’s grateful for the skills he learned early in his career.
âIt was good that I tried it out and realized that I didn’t necessarily want to do this but had this under my belt. Even for stuff like that,â Jones said, referring to his interview and photoshoot before the 2021 NFL Draft. âYou’re just more comfortable with the camera. “
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Mac Jones Advertisements
Try as we could, we couldn’t find the ads that Jones thought might be there. That said, if you’re inclined to search for them, ESPN’s Hallie Grossman has given some clues as to where to look.
“[Jones] has appeared in local commercials – for the zoo, a medical center, Party City, and the latter has appeared for years around Halloween, âshe wrote in a profile of Jones in late 2020.
Party City’s Rabbit Hole is probably the best place to jump, as their ads are the most readily available. The only problem with sorting them? Most of the children are in disguise.
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Was Mac Jones the kid in that Cam Newton commercial?
It’s a popular question that arose when Jones beat Cam Newton for the starting position with the Patriots. Was Jones the kid in that commercial with Newton? You know, the NFL “Play 60” one, where the kid threatens to take Newton’s job away from him in the future?
For those in need of a refresh, here is the video of the announcement.
As ironic and downright mind-blowing as it would have been for Jones to be that kid, he doesn’t play the role of “Nate.” This ad premiered in the summer of 2012, ahead of Newton’s second season with the Panthers. Jones turned 14 in 2012, so he would have been too old for the role even if his modeling career was on the way.
The role of Nate was played by 7-year-old James DiGiacomo. Now 16, DiGiacomo, who has appeared in commercials and TV shows, has spoken about the commercial after he reappeared following Newton’s release from the Patriots.
âI honestly think it’s great that people are still talking about it,â DiGiacomo told The Eagle-Tribune. âI have done a lot of commercials over the years and have done some work on TV,â he said. “But this commercial with Cam is definitely a highlight. I didn’t realize how important it would be when we did it. But it was really cool. I’m very proud of it.”