The Philadelphia Eagles made history at the beginning of February after winning their first Super Bowl championship title against the New England Patriots. Only weeks after their infamous win, one of their star players has announced their retirement.
Donnie Jones, the punter for the Eagles, made his retirement announcement Tuesday morning. According to ESPN, Jones was in the NFL for 14 seasons and spent his last 5 in Philadelphia.
His times with the Eagles were some of Jones’ most successful years as a professional football player; he currently holds several team records including gross punting average (45.37), single-season punts inside the 20 (34, 2014), and many others. Prior to playing with the Eagles, Jones also played for the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams, and Houston Texans, reported ESPN.
In his statement, Jones revealed that he is retiring to spend more time with his family. He and his wife, Aubrie Jones, have one daughter and one son together — Addison Jones and Weston Jones.
"I am grateful for all those who have supported me throughout the years," Jones said. "Specifically, I would like to thank Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson and the entire Eagles organization for allowing me to be a part of their family for the past five seasons. I will truly miss my teammates, coaches, friends and the best fans in the NFL.”
"Although I am retiring, I will always be an Eagle and will forever have a special place in my heart for the city of Philadelphia,” he continued. “It is a great honor to be a part of the first Super Bowl championship team in Eagles history and there is no better way to finish my career."
Read Jones’ full statement below:
Jones is definitely leaving the NFL on a high note. Unlike a few of his teammates, he was not one of the players who said they wouldn't visit the White House if invited.
What do you think about Jones’ retirement? Were you a fan of his? Share your thoughts in our Facebook comments.
Congratulations on a great 14 seasons, Donnie Jones! In other recent news, Princess Kate turned heads at a Royal outing in her all blue maternity outfit.