Wide receiver Donald Jones retires due to kidney disease

Free agent wide receiver Donald Jones is retiring from the NFL due to a kidney disease.

Jones announced his retirement on Twitter.

“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.”

Jones told Fox Sports that he suffers from IgA nephropathy and decided it was best to retire when his blood pressure jumped to abnormal rates while taking a physical with the Indianapolis Colts. According to Fox, Jones had been told in the past he may need a kidney transplant one day, so Jones decided not to risk his health any further.

Fox reports that Jones was prescribed medicine earlier in his career that may have helped his kidneys but he chose not to take the medication because he thought they would effect his performance on the field. Jones told Fox he doesn’t regret the decision, though his creatinine level is 5.2 (A normal level is about 1.0).

According to Fox, Jones plans to spend retirement coaching a local high school near his childhood home in New Jersey. He is also in the process of building  a sports-training facility. Jones will help raise awareness on kidney diseases and speak to current NFL players about the transition into post-NFL life.

Jones, 25, entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills in 2010. In three seasons with the Bills, Jones caught 82 passes for 887 yards and six touchdowns, according to SI.com.

Jones signed a three-year deal with the New England Patriots earlier this offseason but was released after the Patriots learned of his illness. Jones told Fox the Pats handled the situation well.

Cheers to a healthy retirement, Donald.


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