While all eyes are on Aaron Rodgers and whether or not he will return to the Packers, there’s another Packer named Aaron who may be ready to set the record books on fire.
Running back Aaron Jones has already marked his place in Packers history after a stellar first four years in the league (especially the last two), but now a personal tragedy may push him to even loftier heights.
Jones’ father, Alvin Sr., passed away last month and anyone who follows the Packers knows how close Aaron Jones was to his father. The running back during pregame warmups would always take the time to find his father in the stands and share a moment before kickoff.
When players arrived for organized team activities this week, Jones took the time to address his father’s passing to the media for the first time and made it clear losing his dad will motivate him for the rest of his career.
After all, it was Alvin Sr. who taught Aaron the game and was always at every Packers game when his son made it to the NFL. There could be no greater tribute to Alvin Sr. than having Aaron rewrite the Packers rushing record book.
It’s going to be an emotional moment the first time Jones finds the end zone this season. He plans to pay tribute to his late father that will bring many to tears.
The Jones kids had to make sacrifices during their parents’ military careers and when the kids hit high school, Alvin Sr. decided he would be there for his kids unlike his own father. Alvin Sr. was the kind of man the rest of us aspire to be.
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