Eagles punter Donnie Jones announces retirement after 14 seasons in NFL

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Donnie Jones retires after 14 seasons. Sarah Bloomquist reports during Action News at Noon on February 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Philadelphia Eagles punter Donnie Jones has announced his retirement from the NFL after 14 seasons.

Jones has been an Eagle for the past five seasons and retires a member of the Super Bowl champions.

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"After 14 seasons in the NFL, I have decided to retire so that I can spend more time with my family," Jones said in a statement. "I am grateful for all those who have supported me throughout the years. Specifically, I would like to thank Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson and the entire Eagles organization for allowing me to be a part of their family for the past five seasons. I will truly miss my teammates, coaches, friends and the best fans in the NFL. Although I am retiring, I will always be an Eagle and will forever have a special place in my heart for the city of Philadelphia. It is a great honor to be a part of the first Super Bowl championship team in Eagles history and there is no better way to finish my career."

Philadelphia Eagles' Donnie Jones signs autographs before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Seattle.

Jones was a seventh-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2004. He went on to play in 214 regular-season games, including the final 80 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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In a statement, the Eagles said, "We want to congratulate Donnie Jones on reaching the pinnacle of his career and retiring as a Super Bowl champion. Donnie is a professional in every sense of the word and we wish him all the best in retirement. We owe much of our recent special teams success to Donnie, as evidenced by the numerous franchise punting records he set during his five-year run with the Eagles. We will miss Donnie's ability on the field, but will also miss his enthusiastic personality and the daily commitment he made to engaging with our community and our fan base."

Over the course of his career, Jones registered a 45.5 yard average on 1,110 punts.

Jones retires as Philadelphia's all-time leader in both gross punting average (45.37) and net average (40.5). He also owns the team records for most career punts inside the 20 (138), most single-season punts inside the 20 (34, 2014) and best net punting average in a season (41.6, 2015).

Jones signed with the Eagles as a free agent in 2013 after spending the 2012 season with Houston.

Prior to Houston, he punted for the St. Louis Rams (2007-2011), Miami Dolphins (2005-06) and Seattle Seahawks (2004).

During his Eagles career (2013-2017), Jones set the record for most regular-season games played by an Eagles punter (80).

Jones has played in all 16 regular-season games dating back to the 2005 season - his second year in the NFL - and at the time of his retirement, holds the third-longest consecutive-games-played streak (208).

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