Part of the mission of El Pasoan Aaron Jones’ charitable organization, A&A All the Way Foundation, is to “make an impact in the lives of our nation’s youth.”

There is no doubt the NFL running back had an impact on the last few weeks of 12-year-old Ethan Hartley’s life, and a life-long affect on the Rochester, New York boy’s family.

The story of the brightly colored cleats Ethan designed for My Cause, My Cleats, the NFL’s annual campaign in which players wear custom-designed cleats to raise awareness for a nonprofit or a cause, and the “family bond forged in tragedy” was aired by Fox Sports prior to the NFC Championship game.

But unless you’re a die-hard Cheesehead or an obsessed football fan you might have missed it. I've posted it below in case you missed it or want to watch it again.

El Pasoans who saw the piece when it aired had all kinds of feels. “I’m not crying, you’re crying, “Had the ugly cry,” and “beautiful but sad story” were some of the comments made online.

Ever since Jones was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2017, the former UTEP Miner and Burgess High alum has become both a touchdown scoring machine in the NFL, and a fan favorite. His prowess on the gridiron, and easy-going personality has captivated Cheeseheads everywhere.

Jones' love of his hometown, which he honors by flashing El Paso’s area code and flexing his bicep to signify ‘El Paso Strong’ after scoring TD's, has led to the baller endearing himself to El Pasoans nationwide, even to life-long fans of other NFL teams -- this writer included. This makes me want to bro hug him even more.

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