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Former NFL Star Tackles A New Sport

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Somerset, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Donald Jones is a former NFL player who is looking to change up the game and use his athletic talents in professional baseball. Now, this Plainfield, New Jersey resident will be playing a little ball with the Somerset Patriots this spring.

Donald used to be a star wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills and truly made a name for himself during his NFL career.

“I became a starter my first year and then I stared every year. I got better every year. I progressed. More touchdowns, more passes caught,” Jones stated.

Unfortunately, football ended for Donald just as he was peaking. It turns out due to a kidney disease that he’s had for most of his life he is no longer able to play football, but luckily doctors say he’s cleared to play baseball. Jones says that he has an “in it to win it” attitude and this time around, he’s not holding back.

“Nothing can stop me from what I want to do. I am going full, all the way in with it. And my goal is to one day play on a major league level,” Jones said.

The Patriot’s hitting coach and former New York Yankee, Shane Spencer, believes Jones needs a lot of work, but he may just have a shot at the pros.

“You know, down the road, he’s a little too far behind right now. But, you know athletically there’s no question about it,” Spencer stated.

Jones is 26 years-old and said he’s willing to do what it takes. The athlete is stilling lightning quick, making him susceptible to be a base stealing machine. He had also written a book, “The Game of Life”, that will be out in stores soon.

The Patriots are a high level minor league club which would allow Jones to turn some heads, but he’s not going to end up playing for them. The same agent Jones had from the NFL is currently making some inquiries to other teams now.

By switching careers, Jones is showing that he is still physically capable of handling a professional level sport and still has that hard working attitude he had as an NFL player.



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