Andre Jones Distinguished Service Award

Andre Jones was a loving husband, father and friend who cared deeply about the University of Notre Dame. A four-time monogram-winner in football, he played outside linebacker from 1987-90 and was a seventh-round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1991 NFL Draft. He played for the Detroit Lions in 1992 and also for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.  A former USA Today second-team prep All-American, Jones came from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md. He received his degree from the College of Arts and Letters with a major in government (international relations) in 1997 and went on to earn a master’s degree in business from Georgetown. He served as CEO of APR Sports Management, an athletic representation business based in Atlanta. Read more about Andre Jones here.

Andre Jones played outside linebacker at Notre Dame from 1987-90.

Andre Jones played outside linebacker at Notre Dame from 1987-90.

Andre was an active member of the Notre Dame Club of Atlanta and the greater Atlanta community when he passed away suddenly in June of 2011. Andre was working to reinvigorate the Senior Alumni and Business Networking Groups for the Club at the time of his passing. Devoted to his family and the University of Notre Dame, he was quick to help others and represented the best qualities of a “Notre Dame man”.  Andre is survived by his wife Michele and five children.

Our Club presents an annual award in recognition of his “can do spirit” and willingness to help make a difference in the lives of others.  The award is presented to one of our members who best exemplifies the spirit and mission of the Club. The Board of Directors selects a recipient from a group of nominees forwarded to the Board by our members early in each calendar year.

The presentation of the prior year’s recipient will be made at our Annual UND Night event.


  • 2015: Leo Desrosiers

  • 2014: Helen Collins