Jonas Gray might be the most famous one-hit wonder in NFL history.
Gray, playing running back for the New England Patriots on “Sunday Night Football” in 2014, rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts out of nowhere. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He never reached those heights again.
He reached a low on Wednesday. He was in a Hillsborough County jail in Tampa for failure to pay child support, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The Times said he turned himself in on Tuesday, then after a “cash purge” of $7,924 he was released at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Coincidentally, the Patriots will play in Tampa on Thursday night against the Buccaneers.
Gray’s star in the NFL burned bright and went out fast. The week after the Colts game, he overslept and was late for a Friday practice. He didn’t play that week and although he got a few carries here and there the rest of the season, he never totally worked back into Bill Belichick’s good graces. Gray was inactive for the Super Bowl that season. He was gone from the Patriots after that season and played just eight more NFL games, all in 2015. He finished his career with five rushing touchdowns, four of which came in that game against the Colts.
The Tampa Bay Times said Gray had a child with a woman in October of 2015 and she filed a paternity notice in May of 2016. Gray paid nearly $8,000 on Wednesday under the threat of spending 30 days in jail.
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