Jawan Jamison put his agent on hold.
Moments earlier the rookie running back happily screamed into the phone, celebrating his promotion from the practice squad to the active roster. Then a more important call came through, and Jamison was on the receiving end of jubilant screams and sobs.
His mom was so proud.
“It means a lot to me and my mother,” Jamison said. “I finally get to do what I set out to do, and that’s help her out.”
Jamison texted Shanda Davis the good news on Tuesday. She promptly phoned her son to share the moment. They’ve been through a lot together.
The running back’s father died in a car accident in 2010, leaving Jamison as the man of the house.
In 2011, Davis was diagnosed with breast cancer. She hid the news from her son during football season, then made him promise to keep chasing his dream as she battled the illness.
Jamison elected to forego his senior season at Rutgers, where he rushed for 1,972 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in 25 games, and entered the 2013 NFL Draft with the goal of financially supporting his family.
“I saw it as an opportunity to look out for my mother,” Jamison said.
“She looked out for me for so long and did everything that she could. She never missed a game when I was in high school, tried not to miss a game when I was in college, and she did a tremendous job. I just want to repay her.”
The former seventh-round pick has already made arrangements for his mother to attend a road game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
“I got to go third and not be like fifth,” Jamison said.
“That was a big step up, actually getting into the rotation. Hopefully I get in the game.”
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