Former Giants safety Chad Jones ends comeback, will pursue baseball career

According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, former Giants safety Chad Jones has ended his NFL comeback and will pursue a career in baseball.

Jones was a former third round pick of the Giants who had a very impressive baseball career as a pitcher at LSU.  He helped the Tigers win the 2009 College World Series.

Jones’ football career was derailed when he crashed his SUV into a light pole in New Orleans and almost lost his leg.  He attempted a remarkable comeback, but was released by the Giants in May of 2012.  He was able to run a 4.84 forty-yard dash during his rehab.

Jones played baseball at LSU too, hitting .343 with a home run and six RBI in 18 games as a junior. He also pitched in nine games, allowing four hits and striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings while posting a 2.70 ERA. His finest moment on the mound came in the championship game of the College World Series in 2009, when he threw 1 2/3 perfect innings against Texas.

Jones – who was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 50th round shortly after the Giants took him in the NFL draft — said he always believed he could’ve made the majors as an outfielder or a pitcher. But in an interview shortly after the Giants drafted him, Jones said “When I weighed out my options, the No. 1 thing was what I love more, what I would love to do more in my life. I chose football. It wasn’t that hard of a decision. I know I made the right one.”