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Aaron Jones paid tribute to his father by scoring four touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers' win over the Detroit Lions.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay's Most Valuable player last season, threw four touchdowns while Green Bay won 35-17.
Jones wore a pendant with his ashes that he wore to his first game at Lambeau since his father's death. It was taken off after his second score.
Jones, 26, a running back, said that Jones would be happy. He'd be like, "If you lose it in any way, lose the ball in the end zone."
Jones' pendant was not yet recovered by ground staff when he spoke with media after the game. He also dedicated his 2021 season in memory of his father.
Alvin Jones Sr., who hadn't missed a game in nine years, died in April at the end of the season. He was 57.
In March, the dual-threat runningback signed a new four year deal worth $48m (34.5m). He scored three receiving touchdowns as well as one rushing.
This brought him to 34 touchdowns since the beginning of the 2019 season. Only Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans running back) has scored more in that time.
It helped Green Bay rebound from their 38-3 loss against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.
At half-time, the Lions led 17-14. Rodgers then found Robert Tonyan for an unanswered 22-yard score.
Rodgers threw two interceptions against Detroit last week and completed 22 of 27 passes for 295 yards. This puts Rodgers past Denver legend John Elway at the 10th spot on the all time list for passing yards (51 633).
Green Bay's veteran quarterback, 37, said that "we maybe tried to demonstrate that we cared more tonight."
The Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Rodgers' childhood team and one among only seven teams to open the season with a record of 2-0.
Jared Goff, a new quarterback from Detroit, threw for 246 yards with two touchdowns. However, the Packers took control by giving up a fumble in the second quarter and an interception.
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