Veteran cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who made as much news off the field as on it during his 12-year NFL career, announced his retirement on social media.
“I’m content,” Jones told ESPN’s Josina Anderson Friday. “I had a hell of a run doing it. I’m at the point where I didn’t feel I would be top level if I tried to play now. I’m happy and I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and the kids.”
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How do I start my next chapter, well, I start by first turning the page and closing out one of the most thrilling chapters of my life. A chapter that started as just a dream from a kid from Boatrock. A dream that became a reality with the blessings of God Almighty ,hard work, the dedication to not give up and a village of prayer warriors surrounding me. I stand tall & proud as I announce, that this beautiful life changing ride that I have been on in the National Football League has come to an end, I’m officially hanging my cleats up, with no regrets! How can I not be proud, 13 years in the game man, hell, I sometimes can’t believe it, but its real. I will forever be grateful for having the opportunity to do what I love for so many years, we climbed through the mud to get here , we broke barriers , we cried, we laughed , we broke cycles , we broke records, we fell, but got the fuck back up, we lost some & double down and won the rest, we did what they said couldn’t be done, and I say we because with my family, my supporters, & my Almighty , we built this chapter of the story together. I will forever love this game, and it’s a blessing to know the game loved me, real shit. I appreciate & thank everyone who played a role in my career. Every organization & coach I was blessed to play for, I am forever grateful for the opportunity’s & memories. My teammates , my brothers, I thank you, we had a fucking ball. It was a honor to take the field with you all, we left our stain out there together. To every coach that played a part in molding me into the athlete that I am, you’ll never be forgotten. Coach Allen, Coach Gibby, Coach Fisher, Zim, Hugh, PG it was a honor to play for some of the best to do it. Primetime thank you for your love & knowledge brother, Jerry Jones thank you for teaching me the business side of this game, Dave my brother you know what it is for life. Coach Lewis & Mr.Brown there will never be enough words to express how much love I got for you guys. Each of you, got to know the real me, you allowed me to be me , on my good days & bad, you had my back. You all showed me and my family, that love & loyalty does exist in this business ,
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Jones, 35, appeared in seven games for the Denver Broncos last season, making two starts. He had 1 interception, 3 passes defensed and 9 tackles. He also returned 10 punts and four kickoffs for Denver.
Before joining the Broncos, Jones spent eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, earning a first-team All-Pro nod in 2014 and receiving a Pro Bowl selection in 2015.
Jones’ career was noted by brushes with the law. He was arrested in February and charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, intimidation and resisting arrest at the Rising Sun Casino in Indiana, about 25 miles southwest of Cincinnati.
The Indiana Gaming Commission said its agents were called to the casino “to investigate a patron for possible cheating at a table game” and that Jones “immediately became verbally combative and disorderly with agents and casino staff.” Jones later accepted a plea agreement.
He was arrested in January 2017 for allegedly pushing a security guard and failing to comply with law enforcement. A video from the back of a police car showed Jones going on a tirade against the arresting officer and telling him, “I hope you die tomorrow.”
Jones was charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, along with a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance for spitting on the hand of a nurse while being booked. The prosecutor declined to pursue the felony charge, and all other charges were dropped except obstructing official business, to which Jones pleaded guilty.
As a result of the incident, the NFL suspended Jones for the 2017 season opener.
Jones, who joined the Bengals in 2010, turned his career around in Cincinnati after it almost ended. He was suspended for the entire 2007 season after multiple arrests and an incident in a Las Vegas nightclub that resulted in a man being paralyzed. Jones was later ordered to pay $12 million in damages to the victim.
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