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Former New York Giants Safety Chad Jones Signs with Cincinnati Reds

June 21st, 2013 at 12:30 PM
By Dan Benton

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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2 Responses to “Former New York Giants Safety Chad Jones Signs with Cincinnati Reds”

  1.  Krow says:

    A real ‘feel good’ story. Hope things work out for him.

  2.  CT GIANT says:

    MY FAVORITE 3rd round pick! WHY? If Chad had not been involved in the accident, Reese would have finally got it right! No doubt this kid would have made the team, and the giants supported him in those efforts to come back.
    The obvious happened, he could not play pro ball in the NFL, and with very good judgement, he took his god given ability to pro baseball. If he has it, no doubt chad will some day be pitching, and it will be a great day for all giants fans, as the LSU pick was the right one! This kid won’t quit!
    I love that about him, and hope T2 has “it” as well, both ongoing stories of struggle and determination we all can learn from.
    CT GIANT PS no spell check

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