Jones failed strenuous NFL physicals after tryouts with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Saints, arriving at an important crossroads early in his athletic life. "Giving up that football dream was hard, man," Jones said recently. "It was definitely one of the toughest things I've ever had to do because I had been working so hard to try and get back for 2½ years. chad_jones reds2.jpg Cincinnati Reds rookie pitcher Chad Jones: ''This is my second chance, and lot of people don't even get a first chance like the one I had. This is a blessing, and I'm not going to mess it up.' Courtesy of Aaron Lavinsky | Arizona Republic "In the back of my head, though, I always knew baseball was there for me because I still had the arm. The decision became pretty clear to me when scouts started calling me."