Chad Jones: Former NY Giant Goes from Near-Death Car Crash to MLB Draft Pick
Drafted in the ninth round of the 2013 MLB draft, Jones' future has never been clear, but for now, it appears that he finally found his place in baseball.
Former LSU OF/P Chad Jones, who was nearly killed in a car accident 3 years ago, was just drafted by the Reds in the 9th round.— Creg Stephenson (@CregStephenson) June 7, 2013
Unfortunately, 140 characters simply can't sum up everything that Jones has done, and even this tweet is less than half the story.
Coming out of high school, Jones was drafted in the 13th round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Houston Astros. However, he decided to attend LSU as a two-sport athlete.
As a member of the 2007 LSU football and 2009 LSU baseball teams that both won national championships, he is one of just two college athletes to win a title in both football and baseball.
Here he is dominating on the gridiron and on the diamond in the premier conference for each sport:
It looked like things were going right for Jones when he came out of LSU and the New York Giants selected him with the 76th overall pick in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft.
But the it all went downhill...and fast.
In June 2010, Jones was in an early-morning car accident. He crashed his Range Rover and needed to be cut out of the car. Unfortunately, he almost left something behind.
That's right, Jones broke his leg in the crash and needed to undergo surgery to repair it. In fact, doctors almost had to amputate it, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News:
[Jones] lost control of his Range Rover and crashed into a pole in downtown New Orleans. His injuries were so severe, doctors nearly decided to amputate his left leg. At that moment, his NFL career seemed over.
It turned out that his NFL career was over after the accident, as the Giants released him two years later.
Jones tried to make a remarkable comeback, though, even running a 4.84 in the 40 yard dash on his 23rd birthday in October, 2011. The Giants stuck with him, but only until May, 2012, when they released him because, according to Dr. Scott Rodeo, a Giants associate team physician, he had 'residual sensory loss, muscle weakness, and tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg (and) the resultant functional impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at the level required for professional football.'
Jones worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles in December and for the New Orleans Saints in January, but neither team was willing to sign him to a deal.
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