Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones Announces Retirement from NFL

Adam Jones with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017. Photo by Adam Lacy/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9305816u)

One of the most controversial and colorful NFL stars of the past decade is hanging up his cleats after announcing his retirement in an Instagram post on Friday.

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I wasn’t just a number ,people don’t understand how much that means to a player, it meant the world to me! Peter, my friend , my brother, we are locked in for life. We worked our ass off man. We showed the game what a powerful partnership & friendship look like! We got it done, our way! I thank you for all Schaffer! Baby, My Tish, I hope you know how much I love you & thank God for you everyday , you’ve been my rock, my partner through all, you have kept me lifted when times got hard as hell, through every injury, every lost & victory, you have kept our family centered with peace & always with a smile when doing it all, thank you baby for your strength and unconditional love! Mama, those genetics is a monster baby! Thank you for those strong ass legs & quick ass feet you gave me baby! You gave up your dream to have me & passed the baton to me, i hope I made you proud. I love you Mama! Zaniyah, Triniti, & Jr, thank you for cheering Daddy on, thank you for understanding on the days Daddy couldn’t be there, you all are my world, and now it’s time for me to pass the baton & cheer you on, cause y’all up next, no cap! To my city, Cincinnati I love you, they say home is where the heart is, you will forever have my heart. Thank you for all the love & support! And To all my fans , I fucking love you for life! Y’all filled the stands, wrote the letters, stood in lines, cried for me & with me, celebrated & embraced the victories with me, y’all stayed down with your boy & I am forever grateful for the love. I left my blood , sweat, & tears out on that field, and it was amazing! I hope you all enjoyed the show. Blessed , Thankful , & Content , that’s a great way to end a remarkable chapter! Pac-Man Jones

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Jones, the 6th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, spent the majority of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. The cornerback made headlines both for his play on the field and for his behavior off of it.

He spent the 2018 season with the Denver Broncos, playing sparingly and only appearing in 7 games.

The Atlanta native spent the first two seasons of his career with the Tennessee Titans before being suspended by Roger Goodell for the 2007 season after a violent incident at a nightclub.

Jones then went to Cincinnati after a short stint with the Dallas Cowboys, where he began to get in trouble less and perform well on the field. Pacman was named a 2014 First Team All-Pro selection and was also selected to participate in the 2016 Pro Bowl.

The brash cornerback missed two entire seasons in his career due to legal troubles.

Jones finishes his NFL career with 411 total tackles and 17 interceptions. He is a character who will not easily be forgotten in the league’s history books.