Last summer, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones was forced to retire from the NFL due to a kidney disease.
This summer, there’s a chance you’ll see him on a baseball diamond.
Jones joined SiriusXM NFL Radio this weekend to take Zig Fracassi and Alex Marvez through the end of his football career, and beginning of what may be a baseball career.
“I had a kidney transplant back in December – December 3rd – and I had some complications during the surgery,” Jones explained. “So I had to have another surgery about three days later, and every [thing has] been good ever since.
“I guess I was in denial, which a lot of people are when they come to health issues,” Jones continued. “And I kept playing, I was having fun … I can’t lie to you, I was partying, and drinking, and not eating right, and doing everything you’re not supposed to do when you have a kidney disease. And at the time, over the course of the year, it just got worse.”
Jones, who received a kidney transplant from his father, said he’s switched to baseball in an effort to inspire others.
“I was good in baseball when I was young. I stopped playing, really, my last year of high school, and I really stuck with football. I had the love for football, and that’s why I stuck with it. But really, what I’m doing now – the biggest reason I’m playing baseball is to show people with any kind of health issues that it’s not necessarily a death sentence, that’s the biggest thing. […] As long as you take care of yourself and doctors give you the OK, you can still achieve whatever it is you want to achieve.
Jones is now working on a book about his story, entitled The Game of Life.