Green Bay Packers star Aaron Jones lost a necklace containing his late father’s ashes during Monday night’s win over the Detroit Lions, but the 26-year-old running back didn’t seem too bothered after scoring four touchdowns on the night.
‘I scored and it fell off in the end zone,’ Jones told ESPN’s Lisa Salters. ‘So, I’ll go look for it but he’d be happy. He’d be like ”If you lose it anywhere, lose it in the end zone.’
Jones described the piece as a ‘chain with a football’ containing his father’s ashes. Photos from the game show him holding up a black necklace with a football-shaped pendant.
Green Bay Packers star Aaron Jones lost a necklace containing his late father’s ashes (pictured) during Monday night’s win over the Detroit Lions. In this photo, the 26-year-old Jones is seen wearing the pendant before kickoff at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field
Jones (left) dedicated his ongoing season to his late father, Alvin Jones Sr. (right) in May following Jones Sr.’s death in April. ‘Heart torn into a million pieces,’ Jones wrote at the time
Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Jones celebrates his touchdown run during the second half Monday
It may be difficult to say when Jones lost the pendant because he scored four times Monday
Spotting the exact moment the necklace was lost is difficult, mainly because Jones had three receiving touchdowns and a rushing score in the 35-17 win. He also dove into the crowd a few times in a celebration known as the ‘Lambeau Leap,’ which takes its name from Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.
One fan theory on social media was that Lions safety Will Harris ripped off necklace while trying to strip Jones of the football on his one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The win was bittersweet for Jones, who was playing in his first game at Lambeau Field since his father, Alvin Jones Sr., died from COVID-19 complications at 57 earlier this year. A 29-year military veteran, Jones Sr. had attended every one of his son’s Packers games since his retirement.
And if Jones can find the necklace, that streak can continue.
‘The grounds crew was looking for it,’ Jones told Salters. ‘We’ll find it, we’ll find it.’
Jones dedicated his ongoing season to his late father back in May following Jones Sr.’s death in April.
‘Heart torn into a million pieces,’ Jones wrote at the time.
‘Can’t even imagine game days without you by my side haven’t missed a game in 9 years and it scares me to think about it but I know you have the best seat in the stadium and you’re forever engraved in me and I’ll I’ll carry our Name high and be great like you’ve pushed me all my life! I could write a book and go on and on but Now it’s time to Be a Man and Hold it down I got you Poppa.’