Former wide receiver James Jones has announced his retirement from the NFL after eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
A third round pick in 2007 (78th overall), Jones caught 433 passes for 5,861 yards and 51 touchdowns over his nine NFL seasons with the Packers and Raiders. He was also a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV championship team, taking home one of those glorious rings.
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At age 33, Jones still looks in top shape and could continue playing if he wanted, but after a storybook career with the Packers, he’s putting down the helmet. He wrote a heartfelt statement with the announcement of his retirement:
“I have truly been blessed to have worked with such wonderful people throughout my career,” Jones wrote. “I would personally like to thank the entire Packers Organization, Packer Nation and particularly Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and Sammy Seale.
I would also like to thank the Raiders Organization, my agents at Sun West Sports, Frank Bauer and Kenny Chapman, and everyone who believed in my talents which allowed me to continue playing the sport I love. Of course, none of this would be possible without the support and love from my wonderful mother, Janet Jones, my grandmother, Gram (Bernice Calhoun) and my beautiful wife, Tamika Jones.”
— James Jones (@89JonesNTAF) September 6, 2017
So what’s next for the player who led the NFL in receiving touch downs in 2012? Jones has accepted an offer to work for the NFL Network and follow in the footsteps of teammates Greg Jennings and Charles Woodson.
He will also become more involved in his charity, Love Jones 4 Kids, which provides much needed financial help to homeless shelters.
“In the end, I want to help others, enjoy my retirement and continue to be grateful for my blessings. And, to Never Think About Failure!”
What wonderful and inspiring sentiments from a legendary football player.