Tennessee (3-4) will play Kentucky (5-2) on Saturday in Lexington. Dan Fleser/News Sentinel
Offensive lineman Jack Jones speaks with the media during a VFL Career Night at Smokey's Grill inside the Anderson Training Facility in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, February 23, 2017. The career night aimed at bringing together former Tennessee players in businesses to speak with current players about future career paths outside of football.(Photo: Calvin Mattheis, Knoxville News Sentinel)
Tennessee offensive lineman Jack Jones said "there was really no other choice" in the decision to give up football.
Joneswrote a letter on Twitter to thank the University of Tennessee after news was revealed earlier in the day by coach Butch Jones aboutthe neck and shoulder injuries the junior had been battling.
"Football & Tennessee. They have been my two favorite things since I can remember. So thank you, to the University of Tennessee, for allowing me to play the game I have loved my entire life for my home state. It would never be easy to give up football, but after consulting with UT doctors & a spine specialist, it was made clear for my long term health, there was really no other ...