Tonawanda News — Bills receiver Stevie Johnson saw that determination firsthand in his former teammate.
"He's been taking it like a champ," Johnson said. "There's people who have no complications and are still sitting and sulking. He's not. He's still trying to get it. My hat's off to him. Respect."
Jones' father doesn't doubt his son's aspirations given what he's already accomplished.
"I don't put anything past this guy," Donald Jones II said. "He has definitely made me a believer."
That faith is why Jones was elated upon first learning his kidney was a match and, at 48, he was healthy enough to be a donor.
"I feel pretty much like Santa Claus," Jones said. "I just gave a gift and can't wait for him to open it up, you know?"
His son knows.
"He and my mom gave me life, and then for him to give me a second chance at life, it's like the most amazing feeling in the world," Donald Jones III said. "For him to have to go through all of this stuff, it's like, 'Man, you know I love you.'"