Gilman grad and former Raven undergoes procedure for anomalous coronary artery

Cyrus Jones, the 2011 VarsitySportsNetwork Football Offensive Player of the Year while at Gilman School, underwent open heart surgery on Thursday in Denver to treat a congenital heart defect known as an anomalous coronary artery.

From Gilman, Jones earned a scholarship to the University of Alabama, where he eared All-SEC honors and went on to become a 2nd-round pick of the New England Patriots in 2016. He is currently a member of the Denver Broncos after being released by his hometown Baltimore Ravens last month. Jones has managed his heart condition throughout his career, but was told by doctors in late November that the surgery was necessary at this time. An anomalous coronary artery is a congenital heart defect that causes an artery to grow in the wrong area of the heart.

“When my doctor told me I would need open heart surgery I couldn’t believe what he had just said,” wrote Jones in a Tweet from his hospital bed shortly after the surgery. “Especially for something that I had been living with my whole life. It took me some time to fully grasp what that meant.

“Stuck in between wanting to feel sorry for myself, hopeless/angry at God, I had to make a decision. Would I bask in my misery and bow down to my situation or would I DECIDE? Decide to stand on faith or stand on negative thinking. So I made a decision! “God shall be my hope, my stay, my guide and lantern to my feet.” When I say failure is not an option, it’s a prayer, an affirmation and an acknowledgment. God has brought my family and I this far, so much joy and so many blessings. This is just another opportunity for God to manifest in my life so that I can be an example of what faith with work can truly do. Thank you to everyone who has reached out with prayers and support. I Love and Appreciate you all!”

Jones, who is 26, averaged 9.4 yards per punt return this fall for the Ravens, but was waived one week after muffing a punt in the Ravens’ showdown with New England. He spent his first two NFL seasons with the Patriots but was signed to the Ravens practice squad in September of 2018. New England resigned him a few weeks later, but he resigned with the Ravens a month later after being waived by New England.

Shortly after signing with he Broncos Jones learned that he needed to have surgery and went on injured reserve Nov. 26.