Aaron Jones and the Green Bay Packers found themselves hosting the 0-1 Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football after coming off a grueling loss against the New Orleans Saints in the season opener.
While the offense struggled mightily, only posting three points in defeat, a taste of Lambeau Field would look to right the wrongs from a week ago.
While the Packers have Super Bowl aspirations this season, perhaps there isn’t a player playing with a more heavy heart than Aaron Jones.
Aaron Jones playing with a heavy heart
Alvin Jones Sr., Aaron’s father, passed away due to COVID-19 complications on Apr. 6, 2021. Much like that fateful night where Brett Favre’s father passed away, playing football on Monday is something Jones’ father would’ve wanted.
And what a performance by Jones on Monday night to honor his father.
Jones caught three touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers and added his first rushing touchdown of the young season to cap off a four-total touchdown performance in a 35-17 win.
Honoring Alvin Jones Sr.
Jones was also visibly seen wearing a necklace containing his father’s ashes as he found the end zone time and time again. At one point during the game, Jones’ necklace fell into the end zone.
A fitting area for both father and son to share.
Thankfully, the Lambeau Field grounds crew was able to locate the necklace and return it to Jones on Tuesday.
“If I was gonna lose it anywhere, he’d want it to be in the end zone,” Jones said after the game on Monday.
Death and sports have a funny way of being interconnected throughout the season and we’ll never know how Jones copes with the loss of a man who raised him and became his everything in life.
But if suiting up and playing the game Aaron and Alvin loved throughout their lives is the ultimate way to honor one another, then Monday night will forever be in the hearts of the Jones family and Packers fans everywhere.
Our condolences go out to the entire Jones family on the passing of Alvin.