Apparently Dallas Cowboys CB Adam Jones formerly known as “Pacman Jones” wants to leave his playful nickname and hopefully his off the field infamy in the past. Dropping the “Pacman” label — I know Nameco the makers of the original PACMAN videogame will be happy — seems to be latest step in the re-birth of Adam Jones model citizen while showing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that the troubled cornerback is ready to do whatever it takes to return to the field again.
The mercurial kick returner and cornerback with the assistance of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Cowboys’ Father Flannery/Player Development head Calvin Hill, and legends Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin has done a pretty good job this off-season recreating himself. Sounding like a new man Jones said of the name change at a recent youth camp, “There’s really just a lot of negativity behind it”. The former 2005 first round pick added, “It’s just time for a change, man. I’m doing everything to make sure that I’m all right as a person, mentally and emotionally.”
Jones in the past few years has gone from a rising NFL talent to the league’s worst nightmare as a habitual tabloid offender. Events that have occurred during Jones eventful last couple of years has included missing the entire 2007 NFL season with the Tennessee Titans while serving an NFL suspension for allegedly being a party to several criminal cases including the infamous Las Vegas Strip Club shooting plus having his home recently foreclosed on.
If dropping the “Pacman” nickname can help Jones clean his act up and return to the NFL for the first time since 2006, then more power to him. I must admit that the Cowboys are looking like the new “reclamation specialists” in rehabbing this formerly troubled soul. The Cowboys gave up relatively nothing in trading for Jones (conditional late round ’09 draft pick), but they might get back their investment tenfold. Growing up is a process and we may have finally seen Adam Jones finally “Get It”.
But I still reserve the right to wait until September when the NFL season starts to see if the player formerly known as “Pacman” is ready to be a star on and off the field.
Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)
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