Yesterday was Mother’s Day and across the nation sons were dedicating the day with breakfast in bed, flowers, typing up sentimental Facebook statuses, and cards that marked their love for the women that brought them into the world or raised them.
Rookie running back Jawan Jamison was one of those proud baby boys who woke up early to celebrate his mother’s love and affection. While the former Rutgers star could have gotten his mom the typical box of chocolates and bouquet of flowers, he gave her something that will last her a tad bit longer.
An NFL contract.
After leading The Bolles School to back-to-back state titles, Jamison had several scholarship offers to Division I programs, including one from Florida Atlantic University to back up this fella by the name of Alfred Morris. While Jamison had juked his way into the end zone countless times, he couldn’t elude the opportunity to play in the Big East.
Knowing that his opponents would be bigger and faster at the collegiate level, Jamison spent his entire summer tinkering with his game to prepare for the grind of a season in a BCS conference.
However, shortly before strapping on a Rutgers helmet, Jamison got the tragic phone call no one ever wants to receive—news that his father had been in a fatal car accident.
With his heart back home with his loved ones Jamison was torn about his future. He struggled to cope with the loss of his father, but his mother reassured him that everything would be okay.
Despite ultimately not seeing any game action his first fall in New Jersey, Jamison instantly thrived as the Rutgers starting tailback in 2011, leading the Scarlet Knights in rushing yards (897) and touchdowns (nine).
That summer as Jamison looked to further integrate himself into the Rutgers attack to fend off opponents, his mother received word that she would be fighting a different battle—breast cancer.
Knowing that her son was determined to build on his first year’s success, Jamison’s mom decided to keep the news of her health away from Jamison until the conclusion of the season.
Through the first seven games of the 2012 campaign, Rutgers was cruising through opponents to the tune of a perfect 7-0 record. Jamison was a catalyst for the Scarlet Knights offense, posting 100-yard games in six of those seven games.
However, Jamison once again was dealt with adversity—a twisted ankle that tampered his hot start.
In the final four games of the season, he failed to rush for more than 50 yards in a game as the ankle injury hampered him.
On Christmas, Jamison’s mother broke the news to him that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. With his father gone, Jamison decided to forgo the remainder of his NCAA eligibility and entered the draft to help her pay for her medical bills.
In an interview with CBSSports, Jamison spoke about his decision to submit his name into the annual extravaganza.
“I got my ankle twisted, and I was thinking about all the hits I had taken. I’m getting all this, and I’m not getting paid for it. I’d rather get out when I’m fresh and when I’m really young, and I can get in the NFL and stay in there longer. I can also develop more.”
Despite leaving New Jersey a year early and a possible draft selection in the first few rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, Jamison knew that the time was right to leave school and be there for his mother.
“I feel like I needed to step up and be the man in the family and take care of her.”
After being selected as the final piece of the 2013 draft class, Jamison spoke with the local media to let them know that his mother was doing well.
“She’s been doing [well], she’s a trooper. She’s always been there for me in the past. She was both parents for most of her life, but she did everything she could. She was like my mother and father all I one.”
Happy belated Mother’s Day to Jawan’s mother! Redskins Nation is on your side as you continue to battle breast cancer.
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