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It’s a Cliche, but Behind Every Athlete Is, in Some Way, a Mom

By Vince Grippi, SpokesMan, 05/14/19, 12:00PM CDT


As I grew older, however, I discovered my story wasn’t unique. Oh, sure, the traditional mom is, well, traditional. As is her impact on athletes in every sport.

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There is no mold, no diagram, for the perfect mother. They are available in different shapes and sizes, different ages and looks. Some of them don’t even have to be your mom.

• One of the nice parts of being, well, “older” is you’ve had a lot of time to observe the human condition.

And, if you’re lucky, you’ve learned some things. One thing this guy’s learned is moms are really important. I know, pretty groundbreaking stuff. But we’re talking about sports here, not rocket propulsion or brain chemistry. Over the years, I’ve realized so many athletes have been propelled to the heights thanks to a mother, or mother figure.