Before the start of training camp this summer the New England Patriots released wide receiver Donald Jones.

For those who think that was the worst news Jones received this year — or that it would break his spirits — they should realize he's heard much worse information recently and that he's vowed to battle it all head-on.

Jones a member of the Buffalo Bills for the past three seasons who suffers from a kidney condition known as IgA nephropathy told FOX Sports Wednesday afternoon he's decided to retire after a recent scare during a physical with the Indianapolis Colts when his blood pressure accelerated to abnormally high levels. Having been told by doctors back in January he might one day soon need a kidney transplant Jones has realized the medical risks of playing in the NFL are too great.

The 25-year-old Jones walks away from a career that was on the uptick last year when he caught 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns in only 12 games.

"I'll always look at it like I was definitely an up-and-coming guy who had a bright future ahead of him. But if I look at it that way I'll just get down" Jones said. "I just try to be positive about everything and realize everything happens for a reason. Playing in the NFL for me was bigger than just playing. I want to get (kidney and health) awareness up. Playing in the NFL was just a stepping stone to get my awareness up."

A former undrafted free agent whose kidney issues surely resulted in many teams passing on him during the 2010 draft Jones signed a three-year $3.41 million deal with the Patriots in the spring. That deal came after the Bills told him privately they would not retain him because of his health issues.