Requiem For A Pacman: What’s Next For Jones?

Rich Gannon. Tim Brown. Priest Holmes. Steve McNair. Adam “Pacman” Jones. Which one of these names doesn’t belong? In a list of former NFL players, it’s looking increasingly like they all belong. Pacman joined the rest of those retirees on Spike TV’s “Pros vs. Joes,” and it might be the last football action he sees for a long time.

Pacman Jones

But don’t think this is a kinder, gentler Pacman. The reality show had its first ever fistfight, and it was instigated by Jones. I can’t help but notice your complete lack of surprise. The details, plus Jones’ plans for the future (fishing show host?), after the jump.


Jones took part in some 3-on-3 scrimmaging against the Joes, including Dan Adams, a sales rep from Boston. But he’s no, um, average Joe; he was a linebacker at Holy Cross and holds the NCAA record with 21 solo tackles in a game.

Adams stuck Jones at the goal line, jarring loose the football. It was pretty funny, because Jones had been talking trash to that point, referring to Adams as “Waterboy.” A few minutes after the hit, the two exchanged punches and had to be separated.

“He hit me 10 yards out of bounds, kind of a cheap shot,” Adams said. “I couldn’t sit there and not retaliate. You’ve got to have some pride and dignity.”

“I guess that’s the person he wants to be,” Adams said. “But I guess in his defense, people kind of get caught up in the heat of the moment.”

So how to write off Jones’ speculation about his future? “I’m not retired,” he says. “Retirement is not in my vocabulary right now. It’s kind of slow right now because nobody wants show their cards, but I’m hoping it will pick up soon. I’m open to anything.”

He means anything. A sample of quotes:

  • “I enjoyed doing pro wrestling.”
  • “You might be seeing me doing race cars next.”
  • “Who knows, I might be putting out a rap video next week.”
  • “Maybe I might have a fishing show. I love to fish.”

It honestly sounds like a man who knows he won’t be able to do what he loves, so has no idea what to do with himself.