It’s been nearly a year since the Jones family suffered one of the worst tragedies a family could go through. Their infant son, Marlo, who was just six months old, died back in December.
At the time, Marvin Jones Jr. was understandably quiet about the situation, choosing to focus on football and to keep the personal side of his life personal. But on Thursday, Jones penned an article to The Players’ Tribune directed at his surviving four children entitled, “A Letter to My Children.”
In it, Jones describes the struggles he and his wife Jazmyn had in those first few days.
“Daddy was ready to call it quits,” Jones admitted. “Not just football, either. I’m talking just get away from … everything. Leave the country. Move to Spain. Hunker down. Just us and Mommy. That sort of thing. Never talk to anyone ever again, never have to face anyone or discuss anything, just shield us all from the entire outside world.”
But then Jones explains something wonderful happened that changed his whole perspective on the situation and his entire perspective on life. He saw overwhelming support from friends, family members and teammates who showed up to his door. The Staffords, Matt Patricia, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola, among others.
Their gestures have inspired both Marvin and Jazmyn to give back to the local community now that just about everyone is in need during this pandemic.
“And we both agreed that we needed to do all that we could to support first responders and everyone else putting their own health and well-being on the line for the rest of us,” Jones wrote. “We wanted to do our part to let those folks know that they were not alone, and that we all had their backs, and to help them feel the same power of community that had lifted us up over the past year.”
In addition, the Jones are planning to start up a foundation to honor Marlo and help other families that may have to endure a similar tragedy. And for his children, he had one more message for them regarding their family.
“And now, when your baby sister arrives in February, you guys can know that she is here because of Marlo, and because of what he meant to you guys. What he still means to all of us.”