Former New England Patriots wide receiver Donald Jones has had his career come to an early finish due to the advancement of his kidney disease.
Jones took to Twitter this evening to announce his retirement from the game:
"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. While it will be difficult, I am comforted by the love and support of my family, friends and doctors and am excited about my involvement with the various kidney foundations I've worked with in raising awareness for health, nutrition, preventative medicine, and kidney disease. I want to thank the Buffalo Bills organization, especially Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix, for allowing me to pursue my NFL dream and Coach Gailey for changing my life. I also want to thank the New England Patriots and their doctors for assisting my medical team in fighting this disease. Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes."
It's disappointing to see an athlete as young as Jones have to hang 'em up, but it's nice to see he's at peace with decision and has a strong support system around him. Best of luck to Donald in his battle.