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Patriots WR Donald Jones is retiring due to the advancement of his kidney disease. Jones, only 25, has been fighting the disease his entire life and this time he took to Twitter to let the world know he was hanging up his cleats. The Patriots signed the free-agent WR this offseason to a 3-year-deal worth $3.71 million and no guaranteed money. Shortly after, on July 19th Jones was released.
Jones had previously played for the Buffalo Bills from 2010-2012. In his three seasons with Buffalo, Jones finished with a total of 82 catches for 887 yds and 6 touchdowns. Rotoworld.com reports that Jones worked out for both the Titans and Colts on before calling it quits.
“As some of you may know, I have been suffering from a kidney disease throughout my entire life. 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. While it will be difficult, I am comforted by the love and support of my family, friends and doctors and am excited about my involvement with the various kidney foundations I’ve worked with in raising awareness for health, nutrition, preventative medicine, and kidney disease. I want to thank the Buffalo Bills organization, especially Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix, for allowing me to pursue my NFL dream and Coach Gailey for changing my life. I also want to thank the New England Patriots and their doctors for assisting my medical team in fighting this disease. Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.”