Eastbay Athletes Pay Tribute To Their Mothers
It’s Mother’s Day, the day people and athletes around the world pay respect to their #1 fan, supporter, teacher, and sometimes even chef. Here’s what Eastbay athletes have to say about their moms.
Elena Delle Donne, comparing her mom to superhero:
“My mom is a superwoman. What she’s able to do raising my sister, who has special needs, and doing that day in and day out — she’s amazing. What I’m doing on the court, that’s okay, but what she does in daily life is really special.”
Jozy Altidore, on being modest:
“Momma did a good job. I don’t know I just guess from a young age we are taught to respect ourselves and respect others and to be kind and considerate. That always stuck with me.”
Sydney Leroux, on going through hard times:
“If you really want something, go out and get it. It’s not supposed to be easy, you may even come to a realization that ‘maybe it’s not for you’ – it is, it just gets hard sometimes and you have to push through it. Just like my mom always said, ‘it’s gonna be okay. keep going, keep going.’”
Sammy Watkins, on his mom’s unconditional support:
“It’s a balance. You’ve got friends doing a lot of different things, but at the same time, football is not your whole life. You’ve got to have a balance between family. My Mom was always at my games, coming to watch me play.”
Ian Desmond, on comparing his mom to superwoman:
“She payed rent at her house when she was like 13 years old, and started working right around that same age. Two years ago she took a mission trip to Cambodia, and that was the first time she had missed more than a week of work in her entire life basically — since age 13. She’s my inspiration; she goes after it. She’s a heck of a woman. With four kids, she did a good job.”
Byron Buxton, on his mom’s compassion:
“My mom is very delightful person. She’ll do anything and care for everybody. And she cooks for me every time I come home — so that’s a plus.”
Joey Gallo, on who he would credit for his major league success:
“My mom — for always taking me to the field every single day after work.”
Kyle Fuller, on his biggest supporter:
“My mother was the one that always supported us, cooked dinner for us, had dinner ready for us when we got home, and was at every game.”
Landon Collins, on his relationship with mom:
“What got me to this point is my mom, we pushed each other. We always wanted the best for each other.”
DeVante Parker, on who he would thank if he could only thank one person:
“I would say my mother. I would tell her that I love her and thanks for always being there and supporting me.”
Draymond Green, on where he got his swagger:
My mom, she preached confidence. Confidence, confidence, confidence: that’s all she preached. I have her to thank for it.
Russell Westbrook, on childhood memories:
“My mom stood in line at Footlocker for hours to get these Jordans that I wanted.
I definitely had to earn them though. My mom told me I would need a 3.5 GPA or
higher to get a pair of Jordans, so that’s what I did.”
What do you have to say about your mom? Let us know in the comments below, and then let your mom know it, too.