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James Jones Runs a Perfect Comeback Route to Packers

October 20th, 2015

 

Courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The receiver, who led the NFL with 14 TD receptions in 2012, returned to Green Bay for the minimum salary. And now he leads the 6-0 Packers with six receiving TDs and an average of 20.2 yards per catch.

And Jones won’t wipe the smile off his face even as he winces while walking to his locker to sit after practice. This game hasn’t always been kind to the 31-year-old Jones, but he endures it. Or rather, embraces it.

Jones could be bitter. He should be angry. He would be resentful, but that just isn’t him. That would be turning his back on his past, on what he went through and on how those experiences guide him through life even now.

“Every time I really go through a struggle, I think of my mom,” said Jones. “I stood next to my mom in front of 7-Eleven, and in front of gas stations, where she swallowed her pride and asked people for money just so we had food in our belly.

“You gotta do what you gotta do. It’s kind of like I was prepared for these situations because of the way I grew up. My career is kind of like my life story. Lots of ups and downs, but God always puts me in the right spot. Always.”

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