Aaron Jones scored four touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers’ 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but all he could think of was a family collar he lost in the end zone at Lambeau Field .
The running back said the collar had an ornament in the shape of a soccer ball and placed inside the ashes of his father, who died of Covid-19 in April.
“He was really in my heart,” Jones said on the pitch after the game. “I scored and he fell in the end zone, so I have to go get him … We have to find him.”
“He would be happy,” he added. “It would be like you lose him anywhere and then lose him in the end zone.”
Alvin Jones Sr. has attended all of his son’s home games and watched the Packers warm up from the end zone. Jones always took time for his father, trotting to where he was looking to share a moment of heart before kickoff.
Monday’s win against the Lions was the first time the Packers have played a regular season game in front of a crowded Lambeau Field crowd since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jones scored three of his touchdowns on passes from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who rebounded from a below-par performance in the embarrassing Week 1 loss to New Orleans. Jones also rushed for a fourth score.
The loss to the Saints ended Green Bay’s six-game season opener, but the win over the Lions extended their home winning streak to nine.
Rodgers was criticized for his game in the Week 1 loss, but was obviously happy with his rebound performance.
“I just think people like to say a lot of bullshit. It’s nice to come back here after a game like this,” Rodgers told reporters after the game.
Jones rushed 17 times for 67 yards and caught six passes for 48 yards for Green Bay, who took control in the second half, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions.
Reigning NFL MVP Rodgers completed 22 of 27 passes for 255 yards and four scores. He joined Robert Tonyan on a 22-yard third-quarter play that gave Green Bay a 21-17 lead they would never give up.
Rodgers and Jones teamed up for a four-yard touchdown pass at 3:45 of the first quarter. The duo connected again with just under two minutes left in the second quarter with a score of one yard.
Rogers joined Jones with seven seconds left in the third quarter for an 11-yard touchdown pass.
Jones also scored on a one-yard run at 12:42 of the fourth. It was Jones’ second game of four in career touchdowns and he became Green Bay’s first running back with three touchdown catches since 1942, when Andy Uram made it against the Chicago Cardinals.
“We handed the ball over to our playmakers. Like this guy,” Rodgers said, pointing to Jones.
“He’s such a special human. He’s been through a lot. When you watch the movie, it’s just different with 33 there. He’s a great guy to have on your team.”
When asked what advice his father would give him now, Jones replied, “He would say to be humble, to be proud.”