Before the start of training camp this summer, the New England Patriots released wide receiver Donald Jones.
For those who think that was the worst news Jones received this year -- or that it would break his spirits -- they should realize he's heard much worse information recently, and that he's vowed to battle it all head-on.
Jones, a member of the Buffalo Bills for the past three seasons who suffers from a kidney condition known as IgA nephropathy, told FOX Sports Wednesday afternoon he's decided to retire after a recent scare during a physical with the Indianapolis Colts when his blood pressure accelerated to abnormally high levels. Having been told by doctors back in January he might one day soon need a kidney transplant, Jones has realized the medical risks of playing in the NFL are too great.
The 25-year-old Jones walks away from a career that was on the uptick last year when he caught 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns in only 12 games.