San Jose’s own James Jones just ended his NFL career after spending nine years in the league.
The Packers wide receiver, who was born in San Jose and played for San Jose State, announced his retirement in a blog post Wednesday.
Jones, 33, finishes his NFL career with 433 receptions for 5,861 yards and 51 touchdowns. All but one of his nine seasons were with Green Bay and he had 666 yards and six touchdowns with the Raiders in 2014.
“I enjoyed every minute I played the game, from a 7-year-old boy playing flag football to being able to realize my dream in the NFL and provide a life for my two boys,” read a message he posted on Twitter. “I feel satisfaction in everything that I have accomplished. … I pray that those kids who know my story find home in themselves and use any stumbling blocks as stepping stones towards their future.”
Jones also thanked those who believed in his talents. Among those believers was Keith Williams, a wideouts coach for San Jose State during Jones’ tenure there.
“Bottom line, if it weren’t for my college receiver coach, Keith Williams, I don’t know if I would’ve ever made it to the NFL,” Jones said of Williams, now with Nebraska. “He really helped prepare me not only for the league, but for life. I’m very grateful to him for that support when I needed it most.”
After playing for Gunderson High School, Jones totaled 1,496 yards receiving at San Jose State. He made 70 catches for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, including 106 yards and two touchdowns in the 2006 New Mexico Bowl — the program’s first bowl win in 15 years.
Green Bay drafted him in the third round (78th overall) in 2007 and he helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV with five catches for 50 yards in a victory over the Steelers.
“I feel satisfaction in every thing that I have accomplished throughout my career on and off the field,” James wrote on Twitter, “and I am excited for the next phase of my life.”
Jones will take a position with NFL Network and spend more time working with the charity he founded.
“I’m pleased to announce that I was offered a position with the NFL Network, so I’m hoping to follow in the footsteps of other great Packer legends like Greg Jennings and Charles Woodson and take my talents into broadcasting,” Jones said. “I admire what they have been able to achieve post-football, so if I can only do one-third of what they’ve accomplished, I should be fine.
“I am also looking forward to dedicating more of my time to my charitable organization, Love Jones 4 Kids, which provides much needed financial help to homeless shelters. In the end, I want to help others, enjoy my retirement and continue to be grateful for my blessings. And, to Never Think About Failure!”
— Charles Woodson (@cwoodson24) September 6, 2017