By Kyle Martin First
Mothers seem to always go above and beyond to take
90 2018 Raiders Gameday
linebacker Tahir Whitehead
gives his mom a present
she’ll never forget
care of their children, and it’s for that reason Oakland
Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead decided to do
something special for his mom in return.
Athletes dream of being able to buy their mom, or
family, a house of their dreams, but sadly very few
are able to accomplish that goal; however, Whitehead
became one of the few. This summer, the former
Temple Owl took to social media and shared a picture of his mom signing the
documents for her new home.
No. 59 also took a second to reflect
on the moment he shared with his mom.
“It’s humbling just to be blessed
with the opportunity to purchase my
mom a home,” Whitehead said. “It was
something just growing up that I always
wanted to give back to my mom. She
always sacrificed for us, and raising me
and my siblings. I just wanted to give her
a house as token of my appreciation, love,
and just her doing what mothers do.”
Mothers give without expecting
anything in return, even when they
deserve it. After raising Tahir and his
siblings, there was no question that
he felt she deserved her dream home,
and watching her pick out the one she
wanted was a special experience.
“It was extremely satisfying watching my mom and seeing the smile on
her face, smiling from ear to ear,” he said also with a huge smile of his own.
“It was definitely a good feeling, brought a smile to my face. It’s one of those
things where it’s definitely a good feeling, and just going through the process
of buying a home — it can be a long process — but I enjoyed it just knowing
that was going to be the end goal. We were going to find something that she
liked and it all worked out in the end.”
The idea of buying someone a home may seem unachievable to people, which
is why Whitehead is grateful for the opportunity he’s been given in the NFL.
“I’m the type of guy that lives in the moment,” Whitehead explained. “Each
and every day I wake up I realize how blessed and fortunate I am. I understand
how fortunate I am, how much of a blessing it is to be put in the position that
I’m in. It’s a position that a lot of people are trying to get to, guys scratching
and clawing to get in this position each and every day. It’s a blessing by the
man upstairs to be able to live this dream, and I cherish it. To be able to
provide like that for your family is a great thing.”
Family comes first, and it’s awesome to see people like Tahir giving back to
the people that helped him get to where he wanted to be.