As the NFL world prepared for the final Sunday of regular season football, it was rocked with the heartbreaking news that Detroit Lions' Marvin Jones had lost his six-month-old son.
The 29-year-old wide receiver shared the tragic news in an Instagram post on Saturday night along side an image of his son, Marlo. His cause of death is still unknown.
"Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family’s heart, Marlo," Jones wrote. "It is hard to believe that our little angel, our fighter from day one, our son 'Marlito' has unfortunately passed away and is no longer here with us. Marlo, the joy that you brought to us everyday, with that smile, and that energy was like heaven on earth. You will always be in our hearts. We will always remember you."
"We did not get the chance to hear your first words (It would’ve been in Spanish too)," he continued. "We didn’t get to see you run with your brothers and sister, you ran with them with your eyes everyday. We know that everything that We do from here on out will be with you. Every step we take, you will be with us. Whenever we have a bad day, We will think of your smile. We miss you already buddy and will forever love you. Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings."
The Lions organization also released a statement about the news on Saturday via Twitter.
"Earlier today, we were informed by Marvin and Jazmyn Jones about the sudden passing of their youngest son, Marlo. The Detroit Lions fully support Marvin and Jazmyn during this extremely difficult time," the statement read.
"Marvin and Jazmyn embody the true meaning of family, and the example they set has made them an inspiration to so many in our community. We thank everyone for the outpouring of support.
"On behalf of the Jones family, we ask that everyone respect the privacy of the matter at this time."
Jones was drafted out of Cal in 2012 by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played four seasons there before moving to the Lions in 2016. He's been a productive player his entire career, and has 62 catches and a career-high nine touchdowns this season.