TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –

Undoubtedly, Julio Jones likely would rather be preparing to play in the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

But since his team lost in the NFL playoffs to the Philadelphia Eagles, which did advance to Super Bowl LII this coming Sunday in Minneapolis, Jones will instead be in the town where he enjoyed great college success for the grand opening of franchised dealerships bearing his name.

On Tuesday, Jones will be in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he played football for the University of Alabama earning a national championship and All-American honors for the opening of Julio Jones Kia and Julio Jones Mazda. The dealerships are located at 4301 Greensboro Ave. in Tuscaloosa.

Jones has partnered with a team of professionals to oversee the dealerships while he continues his football career. These dealerships will be managed by the Carriage Automotive Group of Gainesville, Ga.

Jones isn’t the only individual with ties to the Alabama football program who dabbles in the franchised dealership business. In fact, Alabama football coach Nick Saban owns a couple of luxury brand stores in Birmingham, Ala.

In fact, success in football and moving metal prompted the National Automobile Dealers Association to make Saban one of the keynote speakers at this year’s convention.

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