As the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers continue to create headlines, newly-extended Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones is motivated to play the upcoming season by the memory of his late father, Alvin Jones, Sr.
Jones’ father passed away on April 6, 2021 from complications of COVID. The running back announced the news on Instagram with the following: “Heart torn into a million pieces I’m so proud of you I love You Dad I promise I’ll always protect and take care of our Queen and the rest Family you’ve raise me and have been preparing vino and I for 26 years!”
Remembered for his persistent support, Alvin Jones, Sr. leaves a somber void in the season and years ahead for Aaron Jones and brother Alvin Jones, Jr.
“He was at every game,” said Jones in an interview from the Hartford New Times. “Before the game, I would go to a certain spot — and he would be sitting there.”
The season ahead may be cathartic for the young Packers running back, but the opportunity to build upon his father’s impact and dedication remains his goal.
Often seen as the team’s most valuable “Aaron,” the 26-year-old running back has been exceptional as a bruising back capable of both exploding and weaving through defenders. He has also made contributions through the air, catching 47 receptions from MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Since starting 8 games for the Packers in 2019, Jones has posted back-to-back seasons of 1,000+ yards rushing. Jones was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2020 after averaging 5.5 yards a carry and contributing 1,104 rushing yards to a Packers offense that may rely on the other Aaron too frequently.
The running back’s time in the league has not been easy. He frequently split carries with Jamaal Williams, despite standout performances in both the regular season and playoff. However, Williams has recently departed Green Bay for the Detroit Lions, clearing the way for sophomore running back AJ Dillon to emerge as the new complementary back alongside Jones. Dillon averages 5.3 yards per carry, so his pairing with Jones could lead to one of the league’s best rushing attacks.
This year, Jones hopes not only to lead a second Pro Bowl campaign, but to score every touchdown as a tribute to his father.
“I’m still going to go have my moment with him. I know he’s still going to be there. He has the best seat in the house. I know he’s up there watching me. And it’s going to be special.”