Aaron Jones paid the ultimate tribute to his late father during Green Bay’s “Monday Night Football” victory over Detroit, putting up 115 total yards and four touchdowns (one rushing, three receiving) in the Packers’ 35-17 victory.
Jones’ father, Alvin Jones Sr., died April 6 due to complications of COVID-19; he was a fixture in Green Bay’s stands and, according to PackersNews.com, would be the last person Jones looked to before home games started.
Following the game — Green Bay’s first full-attendance contest since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — Jones told ESPN’s Lisa Salters that he wore a chain containing his father’s ashes during the contest. He said he lost it somewhere in the end zone during one of his touchdowns and that the Lambeau Field grounds crew was actively looking for it.
“I actually have a chain with a football, and his ashes are in it,” Jones told Salters. “I scored and it fell off in the end zone. So I’ll go look for it, but I know he’s happy. He’d be happy. ‘If you lose it anywhere, lose it in the end zone.'”
After the interview concluded on ESPN, Scott Van Pelt noted on “SportsCenter” that Salters had joined Jones and the grounds crew in looking for the chain. Eagle-eyed observers may have seen him show it off during his second score of the day; shortly after catching a 1-yard touchdown from Aaron Rodgers, the running back took it out from under his jersey:
Jones also showed the chain when he made a Lambeau Leap after a first-half score.
It’s clear how much Jones’ father meant to him. Speaking to media for the first time following his father’s death, he made clear how much of an impact he had on his life.
“The rest of my career will be dedicated to my father,” Jones said (via PackersNews.com). “My dad is everything to me, never missed a game. I know it’s something he would want me to continue to do, is push forward, work hard and continue to reach the goals we’ve set, and continue to work toward that. So I’m going to continue to do that.
“I’m going to continue to honor him and wear our last names on the back of our jerseys as big and as proud as I can.”
Off to a good start, Aaron.