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Cheese Curds, 6/29: Jordan Love speaks, Aaron Jones gets inked

Another profile on Love’s transition to starter drops — this one with exclusive quotes from the QB himself — while his star veteran running back adds a permanent Packers symbol to his body.

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Aaron Jones will always be a Green Bay Packer. Sure, 2023 might end up being his final season actually playing football for the franchise, but at his heart and his core, Jones will never truly belong to another team.

This week, the veteran running back made that permanent in a fun (though likely painful) way, getting a tattoo of the Packers’ logo to demonstrate his appreciation for and commitment to the organization. Jones has been one of the Packers’ most well-known and well-liked players over the last half-decade, and his work on and off the field has been exemplary. Surely he will be a Packers Hall of Famer someday, and perhaps he’ll show off his tattoo at that time.

While Jones was getting inked, Jordan Love and several other members of the team were speaking with Sports Illustrated for a lengthy profile on the young quarterback. The 24-year-old finally has the reins to the Packers’ offense, and it’s clear that he and everyone around him believe in his ability to sustain level of quarterback play that the franchise has become accustomed to.

In just over 10 weeks, Love should get his second NFL start in the season-opener in Chicago and until then, any expectations are purely speculative. But there’s no question that his teammates, coaches, and everyone in the organization has full confidence in him at this point.

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