Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones lost his necklace containing his dad’s ashes while making a play against the Detroit Lions during Monday night football.
Jones’ father, Alvin Jones, passed away in April from COVID-19 complications, he told ESPN reporter Lisa Salters during a post-game interview, NBC Sports Philadelphia reported.
While making one out of his four touchdowns, Jones said the necklace came off in the end zone but that his dad would be “happy.”
“He was really on my heart,” Jones said. “I have to go look for it, but I know he would be happy. He would say, ‘if you lose it anywhere, lose it in the end zone.'”
“I think he would be very proud of me and he would tell me to continue to work hard and that this is only the beginning and to continue to stacking success and to be humble and be proud,” Jones added.
During one of his touchdown celebrations, Jones showed off the black and gold necklace, which is in the shape of a football, Packers Wire reported.
He added that the “grounds crew is looking for it” and was confident that they would find it, and they did, WBAY reported.
It’s almost 2 a.m. and someone (I think it’s head trainer Bryan Engel, but my eyes aren’t great right now) just came back out to look for the necklace holding Aaron Jones’ father’s ashes that he lost on his second TD catch in that part of the end zone. pic.twitter.com/zJ7V1m2GsX
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) September 21, 2021
Packers head trainer Bryan “Flea” Engel was credited with finding the necklace on the field around 2 a.m.
“He was out there at like 1:45,” Jones said.
Aaron Jones lost a necklace containing the ashes of his late father during the Packers’ win on Monday night.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 21, 2021
Despite losing the invaluable piece of jewelry, Jones appeared to be in good spirits in an interview Tuesday morning, recounting the story.
The running back ended the game with 17 carries for 67 yards and six catches, in addition to the four touchdowns.
The Packers secured their win against the Lions with a final score of 35-17.