Adam “Pacman” Jones says he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and tells TMZ Sports that he believes he was a better special teamer than former Chicago Bear Devin Hester.
“If you just go back and look at history, who would be your top three, four returnees from the 2005 to 2017-18 season?” said Jones. “If you look at the average per yard, how many times I’ve touched the ball, even with suspension, I had more yards than Devin Hester if you look at the number of times we touched the ball.”
Jones averaged one yard more per kickoff return than Hester in his career. However, Hester had beaten Jones in just about every other statistical category, including total point returns (315 to 192), point return touchdowns (14 to five), total kick returns (295 to 125), and kick return touchdowns (five to zero).
Jones could have reached the same number had he not been suspended multiple times. He was arrested twice in 2006 and suspended from a game that season by the Tennessee Titans after a separate incident.
In 2007, Jones’ involvement in a Las Vegas strip club incident in which a gunman shot three people resulted in a year-long suspension from the NFL. He was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 and was given a six-game suspension that year for violating the league’s player conduct policy.
The Georgia native spent the 2009 season in the Canadian Football League before joining the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010. Arrests for various offenses were made in 2011, 2013 and 2017.
“You know I had a lot of baggage that went with me, but I got that out of the way…I really feel like if not number one, in exchange, I had to get one or two. No less than three,” Jones said.
Returning players have yet to reach the Hall of Fame based solely on the performance of their special teams. However, many believe that Hester could get the wink next year.
Jones will qualify for the Hall in 2024. He spent eight seasons with the Bengals, earning a Pro Bowl and All-Pro roster, and also played for the Titans, Cowboys and Denver Broncos. The 37-year-old hung up the cleats after the 2018 campaign.