NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has cleared Adam Jones, formerly known as “Pacman” Jones, to play for the 2008 season. Jones had been suspended for the entire 2007 season after numerous run-ins with the law. Jones, an extremely talented corner and return man, was with the Tennessee Titans last year. After missing the full season, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys.
Once he was with the Cowboys, Jones requested that he be reinstated. The commissioner would not entirely lift his suspension, but he did allow Jones to go to training camp and to participate in pre-season contests. Goodell indicated that if Jones was a perfect citizen, he would be allowed to play in 2008.
In an attempt to recreate himself and disassociate himself from his days as a desperado, Jones told youngsters who were visiting the Cowboys’ training camp this spring that he was no longer “Pacman.” Instead, he wanted to be known as Adam Jones.
In 2006 prior to his suspension, Jones played in 15 games with the Titans, making 63 stops (51 solo), gathering in four picks and scoring one touchdown. His return stats included 34 punt returns for 440 yards and three scores and 20 kickoff returns for 521 yards.
About being allowed to play again, Adam Jones said to the Dallas Morning News, “It feels good man, you know, to get a second chance and I just have to take advantage of it.” He noted, “First and foremost, I don’t want to let myself down, definitely my little girl down. I’m thankful for (Cowboys owner) Jerry (Jones), the fans in Dallas and my teammates for believing in me.” He continued, “I need to keep doing what I’ve been doing to get reinstated, staying with myself and my teammates and staying away from those knuckleheads and just stay focused.”
He has done just that. With the reinstatement of Jones, the potent Cowboys have become even stronger on defense and on special teams. It looks as if Adam Jones has gotten his priorities straight and the risk owner Jerry Jones took on the corner/return man has paid off.