Donald Jones played 35 games for the Buffalo Bills after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Part of the reason he went undrafted that year: a kidney disease that, ultimately, led to the end of his pro football career.
After several productive seasons, Jones wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent, left to sign with the New England Patriots, but was subsequently released by the Patriots. During a physical with the Indianapolis Colts, his blood pressure skyrocketed and forced Jones to retire due to the deterioration in his kidney.
But that wasn't the end of his professional sports career. Four months ago, Jones underwent a kidney transplant - his father, Donald Jones Sr., was the donor - and he's now working out with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. (It's the same league former NBA star Tracy McGrady is pitching in.)
"It was scary, to say the least," said Jones, who experienced complications after the procedure and had two surgeries according to the New Jersey Press. "But I came to terms with everything, it was going to be what it was going to be. I was excited to get the whole thing over with and I was happy I didn't have to do the dialysis ... there's no way to put it into words (about my father). He always says, ‘I brought you into this world, and I'll take you out,' joking around like most parents do with their kids. But he brought me into this world, he raised me and he's given me a second chance at life."
While Jones isn't playing for the team and drawing a paycheck, he is "working out" with the team. He has his hand in many business ventures, as explained in the article. We wish him good health in the future.