Jones rushed 17 times for 67 yards and caught six passes for 48 yards for Green Bay
Aaron Jones scored four touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers’ 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but all he could think about was a family necklace he lost in the endzone at Lambeau Field.
The running back said the necklace was fitted with an ornament in the shape of a football, and inside he had placed the ashes of his father, who died of Covid-19 in April.
“He would be happy,” he added. “He would be like if you lose it anywhere then lose it in the endzone.”
Monday’s win over the Lions was the first time the Packers played a regular-season game in front of a packed Lambeau Field crowd since the coronavirus pandemic hit.
The loss to the Saints snapped Green Bay’s string of six straight season-opening victories, but the win over the Lions extended their home-opener win streak to nine.
“I just think people just like to say a lot of bullshit. It is nice to come back in here after a game like that,” Rodgers told reporters after the game.
Reigning NFL MVP Rodgers completed 22 of 27 passes for 255 yards and four scores. He hooked up with Robert Tonyan on a 22-yard scoring play in the third quarter that gave Green Bay a 21-17 lead they would never relinquish.
Rogers hooked up with Jones with seven seconds left in the third quarter for an 11-yard touchdown pass.
“We got the ball to our playmakers. Like this guy,” Rodgers said pointing to Jones.
Asked what advice his father would have for him now, Jones’ said: “He would say be humble, be proud.”
Originally published as Jones scores four TDs, loses father’s ashes in endzone