August 20, 2011; Englewood, CO, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones (19) is treated on the bench in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos during a preseason game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Donald Jones retires from NFL because of kidney disease

NFL wide receiver Donald Jones has retired from the league after being released by the New England Patriots earlier in the summer. The decision for Jones to retire stems from a kidney disease (IgA nephropathy) that has plagued him for his entire life. His most recent health scare came during a recent visit with the Indianapolis Colts.

Jones announced his decision to retire 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 finishes his NFL career with 82 catches for 887 yards and six touchdowns. All of Jones’ numbers came when he was a member of the Buffalo Bills. He stayed with the team for three seasons after joining the team as an undrafted free agent.

Best of luck to Jones in his life after football.

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