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Aaron Jones at youth camp: "Green Bay is home"

Packers running back returns to host event before training camp
Posted at 10:27 PM, Jul 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 23:33:57-04

GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) — Aaron Jones' popularity still surprises the running back.

"A lot of them are telling me that I'm their favorite player and I'm like, wow," Jones said. "I've never been – that's pretty cool to hear, you know when there's so many players in the NFL and we have so many great players on our team. For them to tell me I'm their favorite, it does a lot for me, for your confidence. Just puts a smile on my face."

Jones hosted a youth football skills camp with Pro Camps at Notre Dame Academy on Friday. In between the fun of running around with 200 kids, Jones reflected on his emotional offseason that included signing a contract extension and losing his father.

"Two week span, felt the highest of highs and lowest of lows but it's taught me to stay in the middle," Jones said. "Never too high. Never too low."

Less than two weeks away from training camp, the running back spent his Friday morning giving back to the community that shows him so much love.

"I was raised to give back and just be in the community, be a face for the community, be there for the kids and be a resource," Jones said. "That's all I want to be. Let these kids know, hey, if you want to make it, or whatever you want to do in life, you can do it, and you have my support."

Jones saw himself in these kids cleats: he was once them, looking up to NFL players like Tyrod Taylor, Percy Harvin and John Skelton, hosting similar events and trying to impress them.

"Just you know, I feel like seeing, when you're able to meet an NFL player, it makes you hungrier," Jones said. "It gives you more aspirations, and so I just want to be that to them and do what somebody else was to me. It's amazing."