Donald Jones Retires Due to Health Issue


When the New England Patriots released wide receiver Donald Jones in July, there were some who had questions about the decision. After all, Tom Brady and Co. have been dealing with what has to be considered a questionable situation at that position after both Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd were not retained for the 2013 season.

News broke on Wednesday that Jones announced his retirement due kidney disease, which is something that he has dealt with his entire life.

In announcing his retirement from the game after just three seasons, Jones had the following to say:

As some of you may know, I have been suffering from a kidney disease throughout my entire life,” Jones wrote. “As a result of recent advances in my disease, I am no longer able to pursue my career in the National Football League. Playing in the NFL was a lifelong dream of mine, and though I have the opportunity to continue my career, stepping away from the game is absolute best decision for my family and for my health.

The announcement was made through a post on Twitter. 

Jones’ best season came in 2012, when he put up 41 receptions for 443 yards and four scores.

It’s sad to see a seemingly bright future come to a head under such circumstances, but you have to believe that Jones made the right decision for his long-term health. We wish him the best in whatever he decides to do after football.


Vincent Frank is an NFL featured columnist at Bleacher Report.

Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle8:00-9:30 every Wednesday.