Former New York Giants safety Chad Jones is out of football, but not our of sports just yet.
The former third-round pick out of LSU has been trying to stage a comeback into the National Football League for years, but another avenue has emerged.
Jones, drafted in the 13th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the Houston Astros, is turning to the diamond to revive his sports career, according to WDSU in New Orleans.
At LSU, Jones played both football and baseball. As a junior, he batted .343 with a home run and 6 RBI in 18 games, and also pitched in nine games, allowing four hits and striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings.
During the 2009 College World Series, Jones took the mount in a relief role, tossing a perfect 1 2/3 innings against Texas. He and teammate Jared Mitchell became the first two college athletes to claim both a BCS national title and baseball national championship.
Jones chose football over baseball, and soon after the Giants drafted him in the third round of the ’10 Draft cited his love for the gridiron as to why.
In the June following the draft, Jones lost control of his Range Rover and crashed into a pole in downtown New Orleans. The injuries he suffered were so severe doctors contemplated amputating his left leg, which nearly ended his NFL career.
Jones’ fight would not end there. In October of 2011, he recorded a 4.84 40-yard dash. He remained a member of the New York Giants until May 2012, when the team released after failing a physical.
Giants associate team physician Scott Rodeo said the aftermath of the injury had left Jones unable to perform at the necessary level required by a professional football player.
Jones had since worked out for the Eagles and his hometown Saints, but left both clubs without striking a deal.
It’s safe to say we are all rooting for Jones.
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