Wide receiver and NFL veteran Donald Jones has decided that he will be retiring from professional football. Jones is retiring because of his worsening kidney disease, an ailment that he has been dealing with for his entire life. During a recent physical with the Indianapolis Colts Jones had high blood pressure and his creatinine levels are nearing those that would require a kidney transplant. The creatinine levels are the result of him not taking his prescribed medications early in his career out of fear that they would effect his ability to perform on the field. Jones announced his retirement on his twitter late on Wednesday.
Jones signed a deal with the New England Patriots in March of this year that would have earned him around $3 million over the next three years. Jones signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2010 as an undrafted free agent straight out of college. He played in 35 games of which he started in 22. He had his best stats last season catching 44 passes and scoring four touchdowns. He has stated that he is working through his disappointment with the support of his friends and family and that he has been grateful for the chance to live his dream of playing professional football.
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