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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Former Youngstown State football player Donald Jones is retiring after three NFL seasons.

The free agent let everyone know by Twitter why he is stepping away from the game.

Signed as free agent by Buffalo, he had 82 catches for 887 yards and half dozen touchdowns.

During the free agency period this spring he signed with New England but was cut in June.

Jones says he is retiring because of a kidney disease that he's had his entire life. Jones said, "As a result of recent advances in my disease, I am no longer able to pursue my career in the National Football League. Playing in the NFL was a lifelong dream of mine, and though I have the opportunity to continue my career, stepping away from the game is the absolute best decision for my family and for my health."

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