After running back Aaron Jones briefly losing a pendant containing his late father’s ashes in a game last month, the Green Bay Packers have come up with a creative solution that allows him to keep them on him for games to come.
Jones, who lost his father in April at the age of 56 due to complications from COVID-19, now has a pocket inside his jersey thanks to the Packers’ longtime equipment manager Gordon “Red” Batty.
“He put a pocket right on the left side so I can just drop it there and I don’t have to worry about it falling off so I can play with it,” Jones said at a conference. press release last week.
Jones originally wore the soccer ball pendant on a chain, but fell in the end zone when Jones scored a touchdown against the Detroit Lions on September 20. He was later found by a sports trainer. Bryan “Chip” Engel.
“It shows how special our staff are and our support staff here with the Packers in Green Bay, from training staff to our equipment staff to (the) coaching staff and GMs,” Jones told ESPN Adam schefter. “The whole time I’ve been through this and faced this, they’ve been there for me from the funeral until this. “
Jones used the pocket for the first time in Sunday’s 30-28 win over the San Francisco 49ers. He carried the ball 19 times for 82 yards and one touchdown.
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