The comeback for former New York Giants safety Chad Jones is now complete. And although he's not likely to step foot on a professional football field again, only a few short weeks after being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, Jones has officially signed with the team and will report immediately to Rookie League. The deal reportedly includes a well-deserved six-figure signing bonus.
In 2007, Jones was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 13th round of the MLB Draft, but opted instead to attend LSU. He went on to win a BCS National Championship and a Baseball National Title, joining his then teammate, Jared Mitchell, as the only two to ever accomplish such a feat.
Jones would later be drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but a single-car accident in June of the same year nearly cost him his life. Since then, Jones has dedicated every waking moment to his recovery and rehab, with the dream of returning to professional sports. But after being released by the Giants in May of 2012 following a failed physical, he had unsuccessful workouts with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. Ultimately, he passed on football and returned to baseball.
The Reds selected the left-handed pitcher in the ninth-round of the MLB Draft earlier this month.
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