NFL player Aaron Jones recently located a necklace filled with the ashes of his late father after losing it on the field.
On Monday night, Jones, who plays for the Green Bay Packers, wore the necklace while playing in the game.
At some point, the necklace, which has a football-shaped medallion on it that is filled with the ashes, slipped off. Jones assumed that it happened during his second touchdown of the night.
He took the loss of the miniature urn in stride and joked that his father would have wanted him to lose it while on the field.
“If there was any place to lose it, that’s where my dad would’ve wanted me to lose it,” Jones said. “So I know he’s smiling.”
Jones’s father, Alvin Jones Sr., died of COVID-19 in April at the age of 56.
But, this story has a happy ending. The field’s ground staff began searching for the lost necklace after the game, and they recovered it.
It’s almost 2 a.m. and someone (I think it’s head trainer Bryan Engel, but my eyes aren’t great right now) just came back out to look for the necklace holding Aaron Jones’ father’s ashes that he lost on his second TD catch in that part of the end zone. pic.twitter.com/zJ7V1m2GsX
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) September 21, 2021
Trainer Bryan Engel helped search for the medallion. In all, it took two hours to locate it. Jones took to Twitter to thank Engel for the late-night recovery.
Found at 1:45am Thank you to our trainer Bryan ”Flea” Engel I’m forever grateful 🙏🏾♥️🕊 pic.twitter.com/ylTlZ5Jpfr
— Aaron Jones 3️⃣3️⃣ (@Showtyme_33) September 21, 2021
Despite losing the ashes, Jones went on to have a good game. He scored two additional touchdowns matching his all-time career high. It seems that no matter where his father rests, he is always with his son.