NFL: Tracing Adam "Pacman" Jones' Path from Superstar to Washed-Up Joke

Alex Hall@@AlexKHallCorrespondent IIIMarch 9, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 27: Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to a teammate during the game agains the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
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Adam "Pacman" Jones was one of the most highly touted prospects coming into the 2005 NFL Draft, easily regarded as the best cornerback in his class that year.

As any football fan knows however, the once shining prospect has become a living punch line in the NFL. "Pacman" is now more (in)famous for his off-the-field antics than his abilities on the gridiron.

Jones didn't have a huge impact for the Tennessee Titans in his first season after the team spent the sixth overall pick on him, but he looked to be worth the money after 2006. In his second year our of West Virginia, Jones recorded 63 tackles, a sack and four interceptions for his team.

That's where the glory part of this story ends however, with the rest being a timeline of knucklehead mistakes and head scratching events.

During the 2007 NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas, the Tennessee corner decided to enjoy the festivities of sin city. "Pacman" found himself at a strip club with rap artist Nelly, and the two proceeded to throw their one-dollar bills in the air "making it rain."

With money lying on the ground, people are bound to grab it, which angered the NFL player enough to shoot off a few rounds from his handgun.

The NFL brass were obviously outraged by the incident, and Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season.

Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam Pacman Jones #32 in action.  The Tennessee Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 24 to 17 at LP Field, Nashville, TN, December 17, 2006. (Photo by Rich Gabrielson/NFLPhotoLibrary)
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During his year away from football, Jones joined wrestling promotion Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling for a few months, winning the company's tag-team championships with now WWE star "R-Truth."

That's not all Jones was doing during his year-long suspension though.

The current Cincinnati Bengal was arrested for speeding, brought in for questioning regarding a shooting at an Atlanta strip club and faced a civil suit from his wife, Kathy.

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 28:  Adam Jones #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 28, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Somehow, some way all of these incidents weren't enough for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to stay away, and the 'Boys ultimately traded the Titans in order to acquire the troubled cornerback for the 2008 season.

On the field, Jones only played nine games for "America's Team," looking out of shape and rusty when on the gridiron, leading to his release from the team at the conclusion of the 2008 season. While in Dallas for that brief period of time, his house was foreclosed upon and he was also suspended for six games for an altercation with his bodyguard in a Dallas hotel.

The one-time Cowboy then joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League for the 2009 season, but wasn't brought back for the 2010 year due to comments the corner made in an internet video, calling the CFL the United Football League on several occasions.

Even with more than enough evidence to show "Pacman" was one messed-up dude, the Bengals have never shied away from troubled players, and he has since spent the past two seasons with the team.

The former Mountaineer has recorded just one NFL interception since his breakout 2006 season.


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