Arian Foster remembers his mom’s sacrifice


At the press conference announcing his five-year, $43.5 million contract with the Texans, Arian Foster became choked up as he talked about why the deal was significant to him: It meant his family would never struggle the way it did in his childhood.

Foster began to cry as he talked about one particular time when his mom came through for the family.

“She pawned her wedding ring to give us some food that night and I just told myself that I wanted to do something with my life that — excuse me, I’m sorry,” Foster said before stepping away from the podium for a moment.

Foster expressed pride that he now provides for his mother, his wife and his 2-year-old daughter.

“I just wanted to do something with my life to make sure that when I had a kid she never had to worry about the lights being on,” Foster continued. “She can’t have to worry about any of that. That’s one thing my family had is we try to smile through it all. That’s why I try to remain as optimistic as possible.”

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37 responses to “Arian Foster remembers his mom’s sacrifice

  1. I find it amazing how most of these athletes are pretty well spoken despite the neighborhoods and atmospheres they were raised in. Man deserves all the good things coming to him.

  2. They all say this…”my family is set for life” then before you know it, 12-24 months after they hang em up, there’s a PFT article that comes about how “so and so” is filing for bankruptcy….good luck Arian hope you’re the exception, not the rule

  3. he seems like a good guy, hope he has a great career. Just dont get caught up in all the BS. Be a leader not a follower like so many have become in the league!
    Good Luck!

  4. Seems like a great kid and im glad he didnt try to hold out and beg for more money like most these guys do. He put in his work and now hes getting rewarded with a nice contract. Hope his success in the league continues, just wish he cold be wearing a Dolphins Jersey!

  5. Great that Arian remember’s the sacrifice’s, but it was a different time, then. Now YOU have to make smart decisions. My advice … take a million of those dollars and put in nothing but a savings account that NOBODY can touch till you’re 50! ….. and have 529’s for the kids….(College savings account).

    Congrats! You’ve earned it!

  6. >>> “Well spoken”? What, just because he’s black he can’t be well spoken? <<<<


    He didn't say anything about his skin. If you grow up in poverty it is highly likely the people you grow up with and the lack of emphasis on education lead to poor language skills. If you want to be all sensitive like some 12 year old school girl, then knock yourself out, but we'll call you on it.

  7. one of the truly good people in the nfl. Humble, respectful, loyal. I’m not a texans fan and I honestly think he’s getting underpaid he could’ve made a killing in free agency

  8. I find it amazing how most of these athletes are pretty well spoken despite the neighborhoods and atmospheres they were raised in.


    Don’t forget that these guys are supposed to be college graduates..

  9. RELAX!!
    He is also White too dont forget…

    kja22 says:
    Mar 8, 2012 1:15 PM
    “Well spoken”? What, just because he’s black he can’t be well spoken?

  10. “Well spoken”? What, just because he’s black he can’t be well spoken?

    In the words of Justin Tuck “Stop it. Just stop. You know what you’re doing”

  11. Mr. Foster, You sir are a gentleman and your mother is a true mother who loves her family.

  12. Does he mean what Keith Brooking’s family will be worrying about next week?
    Daddy plays for the Cowboys….I hope we have electric next month

  13. As Titans fan, I’m envious that my fellow AFC South rival has an RB who is humble, and who under-promises and over-achieves… I know it’s cliche, but actions speak louder than words. Arian’s humility is admirable!

  14. One of the Texans beliefs is to bring in high moral caliber type of players . Arian being one of the examples.

    When was the last time you read an article about a Texans player getting in trouble with the law??

  15. RELAX!!
    He is also White too dont forget…

    Arian is not white he’s half Mexican…good job you deserve this 23!

  16. seanb20124 says:
    Mar 8, 2012 1:57 PM
    Most people who talk about how hard they had it, don’t know what hard is.


    Most people who get overly judgemental of the focus of a news article didn’t read much beyond the headline.

  17. “Well spoken”! These words would not even be mentioned if we were speaking of a ‘white kid’ from Appalachia. Arian Forster, you should be proud of yourself for being black and well spoken.

  18. Great player that seems like an even better person (not just because of this), many athletes/celebrities could take a page from his book. I am really happy for the guy.

  19. His numbers have been astounding. He did not threaten a holdout. He agreed to play under his contract, lived frugally, and now has life changing $. Good for him. Good for the Texans. They could have been scumbags like other teams (i.e. run their star RB into the ground and pay the minimum). But, both sides took the high road and now have this day as a celebration.

  20. I’ve always argued that just because someone comes from a poor background and neighborhood, doesn’t mean they automatically have to fall into the criminal lifestyle. Everything begins in the home with at least one loving parent who is able to teach children responsibility, respect, and compassion. Obviously, Mrs. Foster did a wonderful job, and kudos to Arian for expressing the love and respect he feels for her.

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