This past week, we at Giants 101 had talked about the possibility of former New York Giants safety Chad Jones getting another chance at a professional career — just not in football. And since Jones was always a pretty good baseball player when he was in high school and at college in LSU, so the opportunity certainly seemed like it was there.
With his NFL career cut short due to a tragic car accident back in June of 2010, Jones got the call he was looking for on Friday night. The former safety now turned left-handed pitcher was selected in the ninth round at the 285th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2013 MLB Draft.
It's not the first time Jones has been drafted by a professional team. In 2007, he was selected in the 13th round by the Houston Astros, but passed baseball up to attend LSU, where he played both sports. Then in 2010, he was again selected as the 50th overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers, but again, he passed up baseball to pursue a career in the NFL.
Jones was the Giants' former third-round pick back in the 2010 NFL Draft, but because of the cat wreck, it drastically altered his career and nearly cost him more than that, as at one, doctors considered amputating his leg from the injuries he suffered.
Jones attempted to revive his NFL career and come back with the Giants, but after failing a physical in May of 2012, the Giants had no choice but to cut him. He had worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints, but left those meetings without a deal.
That was where Jones called it a career and retired from the NFL at age 24. Now, instead of making tackles, he'll be trying to strike batters out for a living.
We at Giants 101 wish Jones all the best in his baseball career and hope he gets to reach the big leagues one day.
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