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Chiefs RB Thomas Jones Joins The US Department Of Labor In Mine Safety

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Earlier in July, Chiefs RB Thomas Jones was keynote speaker at an event honoring two miners who lost their lives on April 5, 2010 at the Upper Big Branch mining disaster in Montcoal.

His connections to the industry run deep with both of his parents as coal miners.

The Associated Press passes along word that Jones will continue to speak out on the mine safety in a more official role with the US Department of Labor.

Jones will be a spokesman for the U.S. Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration in a program is called "stay out-stay alive.'' His message is aimed at everyone, but primarily at children.

The agency says dozens of people are injured or killed every year in recreational accidents at active and abandoned mine sites.

Jones grew up in the coalfields of southwest Virginia.

I like seeing players take part in unique causes that they hold close. Jones could've just as easily spent his time campaigning for a variety of other causes (and that's fine) but it's cool to see him doing this for something he obviously holds close to him.

Good for him.