Packers share memories on Mother’s Day

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on May 10, 2015 – 11:28 am

Happy Mother’s Day! Packers.com recently caught up with players to find out some of their favorite memories involving their moms, and to learn about some of the ways in which their mothers helped them get to where they are today.

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RB Eddie Lacy on mother Wanda

Favorite football memory involving your mom:
Some of my favorite football memories with my mom were on rainy days. Any time we played football when it was raining, I’d go find a spot of mud to fall into. She knew I was going to do it every time.

Best advice your mom has ever given you:
Just that nothing comes easy. There are going to be a lot of obstacles in your way, and you have to work hard to get through them. I watched her go through certain obstacles, which confirmed to me that you can get through anything.

One word to describe your mom:
Blessed.

One word your mom would use to describe you:
Hmm, what would she use? She’d probably say awesome.

Favorite meal your mom cooks for you:
Growing up it was fried pork chops, pork and beans and rice.

What it meant to you to buy your mom and dad a new house last year:
It was a very special moment for us as a family. After Hurricane Katrina, we went from our house, to living with my aunt, to living with strangers at the time, to a trailer. To be able to give my mom her own space that’s bigger than what she’s ever had before, it was definitely a special moment.

WR Jordy Nelson on mother Kim

Favorite football memory involving your mom:
I’d probably have to say senior day in college at K-State. Just having my mom and the rest of my family down there to be part of that atmosphere was really special.

One word you would use to describe your mom:
Thoughtful.

Favorite meal your mom cooks for you:
Steak and hash brown potato casserole.

What you talk about with your mom during football season:
Mostly family. Being away from them and having two kids of my own now, that’s the main thing we talk about. Then health – she’s always making sure I’m doing all right.

150510-mothers-day-tolzien-300QB Scott Tolzien on mother Ginny

Favorite football memory involving your mom:
I actually think my mom’s best memories of football are probably whenever I wasn’t playing. That way she wasn’t sitting in the stands worrying about me getting injured. But she was also there if I needed someone to play catch with me. I’m appreciative she was athletic enough to have a game of catch and wasn’t scared of the football.

Best advice your mom has ever given you:
She always knew I was passionate about the game when I was growing up, so some of the best advice she ever gave me was just to follow my passion and work hard to continue improving.

One word you would use to describe your mom:
Passionate. She’s a passionate fan.

One word your mom would use to describe you:
Maybe even-keeled or composed.

Favorite meal your mom cooks for you:
She makes a real good spaghetti.

150510-mothers-day-daniels-300DT Mike Daniels on mother Carlene

Favorite football memory involving your mom:
On my high school highlight tape, my first touchdown you can see her in the background by the concession stand. I guess she was laying out a table cloth or something, and you can just see her yank it off the table and start jumping up and down and screaming. That’s just my mom – she loves football.

Best advice your mom has ever given you:
If you start something, finish it. Never quit. Never give up. And she held us to that standard. She didn’t care if you were tired or sick, you’re going to practice. That’s how she raised us to be.

One word you would use to describe your mom:
Tough.

One word your mom would use to describe you:
Probably precious or something like that. Any mom would say that about her child. At the end of the day I’m still her baby, no matter how big and mean I get.

Favorite meal your mom cooks for you:
She makes a pretty good smothered grilled chicken and rice.

150510-mothers-day-crosby-300K Mason Crosby on mother Karen

Favorite football memory involving your mom:
This is kind of an easy one, and it involves my mom and grandma. It’s definitely the Super Bowl. That was the last game my grandmother got to see, and obviously my mom was there watching as well. I just remember after the game coming off the field through the tunnel and my mom being there. What a special experience. Thinking about growing up with her playing all different sports, and then winning the Super Bowl, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Best advice your mom has ever given you:
Just to be a good person and be part of a community. She runs a non-profit in my hometown in Texas, so she leads by example.

One word you would use to describe your mom:
I would say giving. She’s very giving to her family and others.

One word your mom would use to describe you:
There are a few, but I would say focused. Ever since I was young I can remember her saying I was a focused and intense little kid, and she says that’s served me well over the years.

Favorite meal your mom cooks for you:
That’s another easy one: enchilada casserole. Every time she comes up here or we go down and visit that’s the first thing I have her make.

150510-mothers-day-hyde-300DB Micah Hyde on mother Pamela

Favorite football memory involving your mom:
I think she went to every football game I ever played growing up, from flag football all the way through senior year of high school. It was hard because I had three other siblings she had to attend to, but she was always there.

Best advice your mom has ever given you:
Be yourself.

One word you would use to describe your mom:
Perfect. I see her as perfect in my eyes. The way she raised my siblings and me, she did the best she could – the best any single mother could do – and it was perfect.

One word your mom would use to describe you:
She always calls me a ham. In every yearbook from fifth grade all through high school she’d submit a baby picture of me and the caption would read, “Once a ham, always a ham.” I think to her I’m just the child who’s outgoing and keeps everyone relaxed and laughing.

Favorite meal your mom cooks for you:
She used to make this Mexican meal every year for my birthday. To tell you the truth I don’t even know what it was called, but it was good.

Is your mom the ultimate Packers Mom? Share your favorite photos and memories to be featured in our Mother’s Day gallery.

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