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.
WR Donald Jones to retire from NFL
Fox Sports | Aug 8