GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Jones wasted no time becoming one of the best running backs in Green Bay Packers history.
With a new four-year contract, Jones could become one of the great backs in franchise annals.
Already, Jones ranks 11th in Packers history with 3,364 rushing yards. Jones is coming off back-to-back seasons of 1,000+ rushing yards. If he does it again, he will rise to fourth place in franchise history. Among those he would pass would be Hall of Famers Paul Hornung (3,711), Clarke Hinkle (3,860) and Tony Canadeo (4,197).
Jones needs 1,661 yards to pass John Brockington (5,024) for third place all-time. As long as he stays healthy, Jones should accomplish that feat over the next two seasons.
“I want to rewrite the history books and leave my mark,” Jones said Friday when discussing his new contract. “And I feel like the best way to do that is to leave your name in the history books”
Ahman Green (8,322 yards) and Hall of Famer Jim Taylor (8,207) are so far ahead of Jones that he might need to sign a third contract to reach their level.
“He’s just a guy who keeps getting better as the season goes on,” coach Matt LaFleur said late in the season. “And it’s not always in production either. That’s all he does – the way he approached everyday life, the preparation, what he does when he doesn’t get the ball. He is the epitome of a team player. And we’re really lucky to have such a dynamic guy like him.
Jones is 26th in franchise history with 4,421 scrimmage yards. Over the past two seasons, Jones has racked up 3,017 yards from scrimmage. If he matches that number in 2021 and 2022, he would have 7,438 scrimmage yards. It would be the eighth in franchise history, although receiver Davante Adams (6,568) thinks he’ll move up to eighth and Jones to ninth.
“He’s just been really, really special to watch,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said early in the season during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show. “There are guys you can’t help but shoot because they do things the right way. And Jonesy is one of those guys. He’s one of the best teammates I’ve had in 16 years. He might be the most respectful teammate we’ve ever had. He’s always, ‘Yes, sir. No, sir, to so many people – basically everyone older than him around the establishment.
“He’s just a great lad. And he’s not jealous. He cheers on his teammates, he shoots for them. He jams his ass. He’s obviously a great football runner. He can win from distance He worked hard on the areas he needed to improve whether it was road running, pass catching, blocking, understanding some of the intricacies of the system He is a great representation of our organization and the community.
Great players win games, which is why the Packers rolled the dice on a player at a position where production can dwindle quickly.
Jones and the legendary Jim Brown are the only players in NFL history to rush for 3,000+ yards, 35+ touchdowns and average 5+ yards per carry in their first four seasons in the league. league.
Jones is one of three NFL players to have rushed for more than 2,000 yards and more than 25 touchdowns over the past two seasons. The others are Derrick Henry of Tennessee and Dalvin Cook of Minnesota, both of whom signed big contract extensions last year. Jones is the first Packers player to accomplish this feat since Taylor in 1962-63.
Jones joined Green (2000-2001) as the only players in Packers history with 1,000+ rushing yards, 9+ rushing touchdowns, and 45+ receptions in consecutive seasons.