Jones spent eight seasons in Cincinnati during his 12-season career.

By Emily Caron
May 24, 2019

Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones announced his retirement after 12 seasons in the NFL on Friday in a series of posts on social media. 

"How do I start my next chapter, well, I start by first turning the page and closing out one of the most thrilling chapters of my life. A chapter that started as just a dream from a kid from Boatrock. A dream that became a reality with the blessings of God Almighty, hard work, the dedication to not give up and a village of prayer warriors surrounding me," he wrote on Instagram. "I stand tall & proud as I announce,  that this beautiful life changing ride that I have been on in the National Football League has come to an end, I’m officially hanging my cleats up, with no regrets!  How can I not be proud, 13 years in the game man, hell, I sometimes can’t believe it, but its [sic] real."

Jones also thanked several former teammates and celebrated their time together in his posts.

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How do I start my next chapter, well, I start by first turning the page and closing out one of the most thrilling chapters of my life. A chapter that started as just a dream from a kid from Boatrock. A dream that became a reality with the blessings of God Almighty ,hard work, the dedication to not give up and a village of prayer warriors surrounding me. I stand tall & proud as I announce,  that this beautiful life changing ride that I have been on in the National Football League has come to an end, I’m officially hanging my cleats up, with no regrets! How can I not be proud, 13 years in the game man, hell, I sometimes can’t believe it, but its real. I will forever be grateful for having the opportunity to do what I love for so many years, we climbed through the mud to get here , we broke barriers , we cried,  we laughed , we broke cycles , we broke records, we fell, but got the fuck back up, we lost some & double down and won the rest, we did what they said couldn’t be done, and I say we because with my family, my supporters, & my Almighty , we built this chapter of the story together. I will forever love this game, and it’s a blessing to know the game loved me, real shit. I appreciate & thank everyone who played a role in my career. Every organization & coach I was blessed to play for, I am forever grateful for the opportunity’s & memories. My teammates , my brothers, I thank you, we had a fucking ball.  It was a honor to take the field with you all, we left our stain out there together. To every coach that played a part in molding me into the athlete that I am, you’ll never be forgotten. Coach Allen, Coach Gibby, Coach Fisher, Zim, Hugh, PG it was a honor to play for some of the best to do it. Primetime thank you for your love & knowledge brother, Jerry Jones thank you for teaching me the business side of this game, Dave my brother you know what it is for life. Coach Lewis &  Mr.Brown there will never be enough words to express how much love I got for you guys. Each of you, got to know the real me, you allowed me to be me , on my good days & bad, you had my back. You all showed me and my family, that love & loyalty does exist in this business ,

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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 was taken with the No. 6 pick in the 2005 draft by the Titans. The West Virginia product started 28 games over his first two seasons in Tennessee but was suspended for the entire 2007 season and part of the ’08 season due to off-the-field conduct. Jones then played one season for the Cowboys and had a short stint in the CFL before spending eight seasons in Cincinnati. Jones finished his NFL career with the Broncos after the Bengals declined the $5.5 million option in his contract for the 2018 season. He played seven games for Denver before he was waived in November.

Jones has been named to one Pro Bowl in 2015 and earned one All-Pro First Team honor in ’14.

The veteran corner has also had several off-field issues throughout his career and was most recently arrested in Indiana on Feb. 27. Jones reportedly cussed out officers during his arrest at the Rising Star Casino Resort after he was booked for allegedly cheating during a table game.

Jones finishes his playing career appearing in 146 games with 104 starts, totaling 522 tackles and 17 interceptions. He amassed 1,944 yards and five touchdowns on 192 punt returns and 3,232 yards on 125 kickoff returns as a specialist.

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