However a reporter at a very empty Lambeau Field noticed that at 1:45 AM on Tuesday morning, one of the first team trainers—Bryan “Flea” Engel—was searching the End Zone for the necklace.
Jones had a huge game against the Detroit Lions on Monday night when he scored four touchdowns in a 35-17 rout.
He revealed to reporters afterwards that he had lost the necklace which had a pendant containing some of his father’s ashes, who died when he was 56 from complications with COVID-19.
“He’d be happy. He’d be like, ‘If you lose it anywhere, lose it in the end zone,’” Jones admitted in high spirits during a postgame interview.
The pendant was black, which likely didn’t help in spotting it easily, but nevertheless Mr. Engel ended up finding the football equivalent of a needle in a haystack, bringing the brief tragedy to a heartwarming end.
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
“[He] found it, so we’re perfect,” Jones said on Tuesday morning, speaking with The Steve Czaban Show on 97.3 The Game in Milwaukee.
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“Thank you to him. He was out there until 1:45 [a.m. CT]. It shows how much they care about us,” ESPN reported.
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
Perhaps it’s fitting something like this should happen at Lambeau, home of the only fan-owned football team.
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Green Bay is a tiny city, but even after 13 league championships, including four Super Bowl wins, they’ve never left their home field in favor of the glitz and glam of a major American metropolis.
Mr. Engel’s actions, then, in many ways, reflect those of his franchise.
Featured image: @mattschneidman/Twitter
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