When Adam “Pacman” Jones arrived in Dallas in 2008, it was the opportunity for another chance.
Everyone knew how talented of a defensive back and kick returner Jones was. But his off the field problems had come to a head, with Jones getting suspended for the entirety of the 2007 season for a melee at a nightclub in Las Vegas. That was enough for the Tennessee Titans to move on, trading him to the Cowboys before the 2008 campaign for a fourth-round pick.
He was reinstated into the NFL that year, but was on incredibly thin ice. So, when he got a chance to talk to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after the trade, the cornerback recalled on the “I Am Athlete” podcast, Jones gave him some advice.
“I went to Dallas after my suspension and Jerry told me, ‘Hey man, come here and let me tell you something.’” Jones said. “He’s like ‘Now if you want all this s–t to go away, there’s two things you’ve got to do. First thing, you’ve got to play f-----g good football. That’s first, you’ve got to play good football.
“‘Second thing, you’ve got to stop doing everything with your ass out in the street. See, when I mean ass out in the street, everybody doesn't need to know what you are doing, you don’t need to be on the block when you go home. It’s OK to enjoy your 40 acres and these 10 cows out here. Learn how to be with yourself.’ And I didn’t understand the part about just don’t do it with your ass in the street.”
Ultimately, Pacman Jones’ fresh start in Dallas ended up resulting in controversy. He was suspended a total of six games for an incident with a team bodyguard in a Dallas hotel, and that ban plus an injury limited him to just nine games with the Cowboys that season. They cut him in the offseason, and it wasn’t until 2010 that he got another opportunity in the NFL.
He spent 2010 through 2017 with the Cincinnati Bengals before finishing his career playing seven games for the Broncos in 2018.