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Another on the Path Towards Character Redemption: Adam Jones Makes His Case

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FLASHBACK. Josh Kirkendall wrote on May 4, 2010: "Pacman Jones. Please go away. I beg. I plead to the football gods to answer me on this one prayer." Kirkendall continued: "I don't normally beg the mythical football gods for an answered prayer. This one, I beg. I plead. I whisper, 'for the mighty Bengals to acquire thee Pacman Jones would bring about a plague that will haunt them for a bunch of fortnights and such.'"

Man, that Josh Kirkendall. Idiot.

The Bengals signed Adam Jones a few hours later proving one of two things. The football gods don't exist and Indiana Jones 4 should have never been made.

For all of the crazy begging, keyboard slamming along with my beautiful technique putting forehead through drywall, Adam Jones has been anything but a man ambitious on character redemption.

"He's come in and done everything we've asked him to do at this point," Cincinnati defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle said. "He's been very coachable. He wants to do well and is extremely competitive. He wants to win at everything. He's got that nature about him."

Jones said he's working to better himself and shed his old image. For starters, he no longer wants to be called "Pacman." That nickname represents a persona that often got into trouble.

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"I've only had one year of OTAs since I've been in the NFL; that was my second year," Jones explained. "I had a pretty good second year, too. I think OTAs is a big part for me. Some people don't need it. I need the extra work. It's a situation that [keeps me] focused and just getting back to football."

May we be the first to encourage Jones to stay the course, for he is just another early example of how the Bengals go against the NFL current and do what they must. It's almost at the point now that no matter what the person's history, if the Bengals sign him, I'm hardly expecting to worry about off-the-field issues. These second-chance guys come, turn into selfless teammates-- in Cedric Benson's case, a leader -- and the collection of outcasts unite for a common goal.

And that's why I was wrong then... and damn proud of it.