Donald Jones has retired from professional football, citing kidney disease as the reason.
The 25-year-old, who played for the Buffalo Bills and more recently the New England Patriot, admitted it was best for his future if he retired sooner rather than later.
Jones had battled kidney disease for his entire life, and insists that for him the NFL was the perfect platform for raising awareness of the affliction.
"Playing in the NFL, for me, was bigger than just playing. I want to get (kidney and health) awareness up," Jones said to NFL.com.
"Playing in the NFL was just a stepping stone to get my awareness up."
The wide receiver was signed by the Patriots in March of this year but was released before the start of training camp.
Jones has apparently indicated that an incident whilst participating in a physical for the Indianapolis Colts, wherein his blood pressure dangerously spiked during a routine treadmill run, was the main reasoning behind him retiring from the sport.
But the player is doing his best to remain in high spirits following his announcement. Jones said: "I'll always look at it like I was definitely an up-and-coming guy who had a bright future ahead of him.
"But if I look at it that way, I'll just get down."
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