A one-hour John Murphy Show tonight. Bills Insider Chris Brown filling in once again. OTAs wrapped up Thursday afternoon and Doug Marrone addressed the media after practice. He discussed the leadership role on the team, what he’s looking at when the mandatory mini-camp rolls around next week, and what he’s seen out of his offense and QB EJ Manuel.
We also sat down with former Bills wide-receiver Donald Jones. Jones recently retired from the game after battling kidney disease and undergoing a kidney transplant. He returned Thursday to where his NFL career began. Jones was in the building at One Bills Drive to talk to the rookies about how the league works from his perspective and what it takes to make it in the NFL.
“Any young athlete coming up, I’m easily relatable because of the way I had to fight to get through my whole career, period. Nothing was given to me. I wasn’t this top high school recruit. I wasn’t a five-star athlete or anything like that. I had to fight for everything. A lot of it I put myself in those positions but it was what it was and it is what it is. For rookies coming in, for me to be able to let them know that I was a starter and my career was ended in three years because of something that didn’t have anything to do with something on the field. I was playing good and it was taken from me that fast. I think they can kind of see that this thing can be taken from you at any time.”
Jones is now turning his attention to the baseball diamond. He is currently working out with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He said he is now back to full health and says taking on baseball shows one can still come back and do something they want to do after overcoming a difficult setback.
Jones is in works on writing a new book about his life story and hopes that it will transition to the big screen into a feature film someday. He says he cherished his time here and Buffalo which included his teammates in the locker room and the Bills fans that surrounded him.
You can hear more from Jones by clicking below to hear the entire John Murphy Show from Thursday:
Posted in Inside the Bills