Jonas Gray was once on top of the NFL world, at least for a week.
Running for the New England Patriots, who won the Super Bowl that season, Gray had one of the better games from a running back in NFL history. Playing the Indianapolis Colts on the road, Gray rushed 37 times for 201 yards and four touchdowns.
It was a stellar performance, especially considering the fact that he was on the practice squad just a month before, and it cemented Gray’s name in NFL history among legendary backs such as Barry Sanders and Jim Brown. Only nine players in NFL history have rushed for at least 200 yards and scored at least four touchdowns. On that fateful night, Gray became one of those players, but he was never the same after that game.
He was late for practice the following Friday and Bill Belichick punished him by putting him on the inactive list for the Patriots’ next game. Despite his performance against Indy, the Patriots barely used Gray for the rest of the season. In fact, he was inactive in the Super Bowl, when the Patriots beat the Seahawks in 2015.
The Indianapolis game was apparently Gray’s high water mark because it has been all downhill since. He’s never been able to gain traction as an NFL running back, and now a report has come out that states that Gray actually recently spent some time in jail for failure to pay child support.
“On Wednesday, the same day the Patriots arrive in Tampa to play the Bucs on Thursday night, the 27-year-old former Notre Dame star was in Hillsborough County jail for failure to pay child support. After a “cash purge” of $7,924, Gray was released at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, 17 hours after turning himself in.”
According to Auman, the exact amount of child support Gray owes is unknown, but the former NFL running back was facing the threat of 30 days in jail if he didn’t pay a specific amount in lieu of bond.
Gray paid $7,924 and was released from jail on Wednesday morning. As Auman pointed out, the Patriots play on Thursday night against the Buccaneers.
Oh, how times have changed for Jonas Gray.