Cardale Jones was thrust into the spotlight when he went from being the third-string quarterback at Ohio State to starting in the Big 10 Championship game. Now, Jones is a national champion after leading Ohio State to a win over Oregon in the national championship game.
Jones’ rise to stardom, though, hasn’t been the only major development in his life over the past two months. His girlfriend, Jeaney Durand, gave birth a daughter in November.
However, Durand hasn’t gotten much coverage through these changes. That is, until she was mentioned in Jones’s Sports Illustrated cover story.
Here’s what you should know about her.
1. Durand Is an Ohio State Student
According to the Sports Illustrated cover story on Jones, Durand is a nursing student at Ohio State. Her Facebook says she will graduate in 2016.
According to public records, Durand is a registered voter as a Cleveland resident.
2. Durand & Jones Have a Daughter Named Chloe
On Nov. 7, 2014, Durand gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Chloe.
According to SI, Durand went into labor a month earlier than she was supposed to. She was in Cleveland at the time, and Jones made the 140-mile trip to arrive just before his daughter’s birth.
“Cardale finally got the news around 5:30 a.m. He immediately drove the 140 miles from Columbus, showing up at the hospital less than five minutes before his daughter was born, squeezing Jeaney’s hand while she pushed.” — Sports Illustrated
3. Durand & Chloe Watch Ohio State Games Together
Even before Jones became the starter, Durand was watching Ohio State games with their daughter. The photo above was posted to Durand’s twitter on November 29 with the caption “Someone fell asleep on me while watching daddy’s game.”
4. Durand Frequently Tweets About Her Mother
Durand has multiple pictures of her mother on her social media accounts, including the one above, saying she wishes to be as “hot” as her when she’s older.
5. Jones Will Not Be in the 2015 NFL Draft
Jones posted on Twitter today that he will make a “life changing decision” at 4 p.m. Eastern. Today is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft, and that has everyone thinking Jones will. The 22-year-old sophomore has two more years of eligibility, but he has already won a National Championship.
Jones announced in a press conference held at his high school that he will not enter the draft and instead work on becoming the first in his family to graduate college.