​Dwight Jones Returns Following Personal Tragedy

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December 23, 2013

Dwight Jones is rebounding from personal tragedy as he returns to the New York Jets. The team signed Jones to their practice squad last Wednesday, a wide receiver who went undrafted in 2012, but played for the Houston Texans.

However, Jones didn’t report to training camp that season, telling the Texans he wasn’t sure if we wanted to play football again and was placed on the reserve list.

“The reason why I left Houston (was) because my son (Deizean) was sick, and he passed away. A lot of people don’t know the situation with my son and things like that. He was born real sick, a lot of medical conditions,” Jones said. “I tried to play football, but it just didn’t feel right. It was the worst feeling of my life. The feeling was God was just wanting me to spend the last moments with my son.”

His son, at just 22 months old, died July 6.

Jones who had 85 catches for 1,196 yards and 12 TDs during his senior season in 2011 — waffled back and forth about whether he should return to football.

“I was thinking about it,” he said. “I really wasn’t quite sure. I was always second-guessing.”

The Texans officially waived Jones in June of this year. He got looks from other teams, he said, but finally landed with the Jets after an impressive workout.

Rex Ryan was watching live as Justin Tucker hit a 61-yard field goal that not only gave the Ravens a win Monday night, but officially knocked the Jets out of the playoff picture. “I felt like I got kicked in the head,” Ryan said. “I know, look, it was going to be a stretch, but you’re hanging on hope, and so we all watched it.”

Some players also watched, but others such as Geno Smith, said he didn’t find out until the next day. Santonio Holmes said he didn’t know until Wednesday.

“I watched the last drive,” David Nelson said. “The wind was taken out of me. It was difficult to watch. But at the same time, you know, we put ourselves in the situation. We could have taken care of business if we had played well these last five games and we just didn’t do that.”