|Goodell is calling on Jones to deliver a message to rookies. (US Presswire)|
Adam Jones (nee Pacman) is, in all seriousness, the perfect person to speak to rookies about the troubles of being a young, famous athlete with lots of money. And Roger Goodell's asked him to do just that at the league's rookie symposium later this month.
According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, Jones will deliver the message that being in the NFL is "not a joke."
"The message is, this is not a joke. At the end of the day you have to treat it like a business," Jones said. "And you're a business owner and every decision you make is a reflection of you."
Jones is perhaps the most infamous case of an NFL player who crossed the law -- and Roger Goodell -- early on in his career. There were character concerns with Jones when he was drafted ... since he was already on probation.
And the first few years of his career are littered with off-field incidents, culminating in the now-infamous "making it rain" incident at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game that eventually lead to a one-year suspension from the NFL.
Jones, per Hobson, hopes that speaking on a panel to the incoming NFL rookies will show them that it's possible to change in the NFL and that everything that goes on in their lives as public figures is "a reflection" on them as people.
"What you do on the field, what you do off the field, it's all a reflection of you," Jones said. "Going to the club here, going to the club there. Having 100 people with you. Checking your advisors, your accountants. Just basic stuff."
Now with the Bengals, Jones is playing for his third team. And for as many incidents he had off the field -- and for as many snarky jokes were made about them -- it's pretty cool to see that he's finally figured out how to get his on- and off-field life in the right place to further his career.
Because of that, Jones the best advice possible for incoming NFL players, more so than someone who's always had success since day one.
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