Earlier this month, "Adam" Pacman Jones took time out from getting torched by Terrell Owens to write a letter to pen pal/NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In it, he asked to be reinstated for the 2008 season after being granted a partial reinstatement earlier this spring.
Following an exemplary record during the probationary period (Jones was awarded the perfect attendance certificate!), Goodell has decided that Mr. Pacman has served his debt to society and is ready to return to the civilized world of professional tackle football (cue noise makers). From the Dallas Morning News:
"It feels good man, you know, to get a second chance and I just have to take advantage of it," said Jones. "First and foremost, I don't want to let myself down, definitely my little girl down. I'm thankful for Jerry [Jones], the fans in Dallas and my teammates for believing in me. I need to keep doing what I've been doing to get reinstated, staying with myself and my teammates and staying away from those knuckleheads and just stay focused."You see, that's why we have a penal system: to punish the evil-doers, reprogram them to do good deeds, and Utopia ensues. I mean, Jones is the same guy who loved strip clubs so much so that he actually patronized one in the hours before Goodell suspended him for the 2007 season.
If nothing else, this proves that people can change.
And now, the one-time T&A fiend is cured. Via MDS at PFT, Jones got the news of his reinstatement at ... Hooters? Really? Hey, baby steps, I guess. You can't expect a guy to quit boobs cold turkey, you have to pace yourself: first hookers, then strippers, and finally Hooters girls. It's a whole process.
* For the dim-witted, that's not really Pacman Jones pictured above. Getty photo caption: 30 Jan 1997: Alfonse Ribiero looks on with several Hooters girls during a softball charity game during the CART spring testing in Homestead, Florida.