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Arian Foster remembers his mom’s sacrifice

Texans' Foster salutes the Texans fans who were in the stand to see the win over the Titans during their NFL football game in Nashville Reuters

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. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 8, 2012 1:11 PM

    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. suhnami says: Mar 8, 2012 1:12 PM

    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. purplekoolaid1 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:12 PM

    That’s cool man. Good to see a story like this instead of all this bounty, Peyton Manning bs.

  4. kja22 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:15 PM

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

  5. saint4life says: Mar 8, 2012 1:16 PM

    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!

  6. wadecounty93 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:18 PM

    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!

  7. shotgunformation5wide says: Mar 8, 2012 1:20 PM

    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!

  8. cantankerous503 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:21 PM

    What a class act.

  9. hearsky says: Mar 8, 2012 1:22 PM

    Life is difficult when you are a Foster kid.

  10. preventoffense says: Mar 8, 2012 1:22 PM

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

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    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.

  11. buffalowned says: Mar 8, 2012 1:23 PM

    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

  12. montanawonfour says: Mar 8, 2012 1:23 PM

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

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

  13. rhinosteel6 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:24 PM

    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?

  14. 760raptor says: Mar 8, 2012 1:24 PM

    kja22—

    Don’t be an @sshole and make this about race you moron!

  15. packerman1968 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:26 PM

    Maybe T.O. could learn a few things from Mr. Foster

  16. wda628 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:30 PM

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

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

  17. vegaskid21 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:30 PM

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

  18. ktgooch says: Mar 8, 2012 1:32 PM

    Wonder if peyton was watching? Might leave a really good impression of Houston for him.

  19. therealsmiley says: Mar 8, 2012 1:32 PM

    Statistically speaking the athletes that go bankrupt are the exceptions and not the rule. Congratulations Arian….well deserved! Hail!

  20. skeebo80 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:32 PM

    This is a good guy, gotta lot of respect for him

  21. dirtybirds24 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:32 PM

    much respect for Arian!

  22. delmonte55 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:54 PM

    Regardless of what he does or doesn’t do with the money, he remembers what his Mother did for him and that says a lot.

  23. ebeg420 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:55 PM

    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

  24. seanb20124 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:57 PM

    Most people who talk about how hard they had it, don’t know what hard is.

  25. kwazulu50 says: Mar 8, 2012 2:19 PM

    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!

  26. mud5h0vel says: Mar 8, 2012 2:22 PM

    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??

  27. newchild24 says: Mar 8, 2012 2:27 PM

    RELAX!!
    He is also White too dont forget…
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    Arian is not white he’s half Mexican…good job you deserve this 23!

  28. koufaxmitzvah says: Mar 8, 2012 2:29 PM

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

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

  29. scutzi128 says: Mar 8, 2012 2:31 PM

    Gotta love this guy. He is a beast but he is also humble. Hopefully we will be able to watch him bulldoze people for years to come

  30. gdeli says: Mar 8, 2012 2:39 PM

    It’s called love, baby.

  31. tqaztec says: Mar 8, 2012 2:41 PM

    Really love the 32 second commercial before the 44 second video clip.

  32. jigga757 says: Mar 8, 2012 2:42 PM

    i love watching this dude play and im a Saints fan…kinda remind me of a newer Eric Dickerson without the fumbles

  33. chupiesgngbngrs says: Mar 8, 2012 3:36 PM

    “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.

  34. fcs34 says: Mar 8, 2012 3:46 PM

    Great player, better man.

    Makes me wanna hug my mom.

  35. kal5279 says: Mar 8, 2012 5:35 PM

    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.

  36. iplaybad says: Mar 8, 2012 11:50 PM

    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.

  37. grannyvi4 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:33 AM

    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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