Jones honours his late father in win over Lions
The Green Bay Packers had one of the toughest games early in the 2021-22 season. While it was not a tight game as the team crushed the Detroit Lions for a 35-17 win, it was heavy for Aaron Jones. The star played in honour of his late father who helped him in his games.
Alvin Jones Sr. passed away in the offseason due to the pandemic. Alvin was there in every game his son played and in the first game at Lambeau Field where his father was not present, Aaron made sure he will never forget this game as well.
The star racked up four touchdowns to lead the way for the Packers. He is the first right-back in the history of the team to score three catch TDs and a rushing TD in a single game. That was a strong display and it was the best way he could cope with his father’s passing.
Jones wore a football pendant that had his father’s ashes. It fell off after his second TD and the grounds crew only found the necklace after the game. The end zone served as the resting place for his father and Aaron was pleased to say that it is fine by him.
Aaron worked on the ball in the Packers’ first three plays and had 16 yards. He finished 34 of 75 on the drive as he was rushing all the way to the end zone to show off his inspired game.
Green Bay did not let up and gave him more plays to score. Aaron caught a lot of short passes late in the last two quarters and gave the Packers a 28-17 lead before the fourth. Along with the four TDs, the star finished with a total of 115 yards and nailed all of his six targets.
That kind of game makes a player special. Aaron has been through a lot and players looking back at the film will see a better version of him playing one of the best games of his career. They are just glad to have him on the team at this point.
At the end of the day, this win was for Aaron’s father who inspired him.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores