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Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones Delivers Powerful Message to Current Mountaineers



Adam Pacman Jones

The WVU football program is blessed with many distinguished alums, and one of them offered some words of wisdom while visiting practice.

Adam “Pacman” Jones didn’t just stop by Morgantown to talk to the team, but he managed to leave a lasting imprint on the current players nonetheless. He was in town to support 2026 wide receiver recruit Chris Henry Jr. as he visited campus to see if West Virginia could also be the right place for him.

Regardless of why he was there, Pacman ended up delivering an impactful message to the present day Mountaineers. First, it takes effort, effort and more effort to have success. Jones talked about being doubted himself and then turning that into motivation to lead him to becoming an NFL Pro Bowler.

“First of all I was too small. That’s what they said. But I had something that you can’t judge.”

Beyond telling them to never give up on their dreams no matter what anyone says, the former Mountaineer also made sure to hammer home just how much playing for West Virginia means to him, and should mean to each of them. “I don’t know if ya’ll know, this s*** means something. This s*** means something to all the guys that played before ya’ll,” said Jones.

The now 39-year-old who was a star for WVU football from 2002 to 2004 left the players he met on this day with one simple message. He told them to remember this if they remember nothing else. “Love what you do. And do what you love.” Those are words that seem fitting for everyone, football player or not.

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