Omaha, NE - One look at his smile, and you'd never know the fear Creighton basketball player Josh Jones has ahead of a second heart surgery. "A lot of people don't understand how much it hurts or how hard it is cause they see me smile all the time and that's ok, i'm ok with that," Josh Jones said.
The 23 year-old announced last night, he's retiring from his basketball career because of a heart condition. "I'm not quitting. I feel like my life's condition is forcing me to make a decision what's best for me to live."
His team and coach are feeling the impact as well. The news - a tough pill to swallow, but as coach Greg McDermott explains, Jones is still a key player in the team's success. "We just need him for support. Josh in the gym smiling given everything that he's been through and the adversity that he's had to deal with it's really hard for these guys to complain about a tough practice," Greg McDermott said.
"If there's anybody that can handle this it's definitely Josh and his personality he's been tremendous bouncing back and looking forward to the next phase of his life," Grant Gibbs said.
Jones' first heart surgery as a junior at Omaha Central didn't stop him from helping his team win a state basketball title the next year. It's that determination, he says, will motivate him to graduate in May and start a career in public relations.
Despite this hurdle he wants supporters to know one thing. "I just want everybody to know I'm gonna be ok."