“I grew up in the projects, we didn’t even own a car."
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper just shared a heartfelt post on instagram in which his mother is standing in front of her brand new Range Rover and an enormous house, a dream that has been 20+ years in the making.
Cooper, who grew up in the projects of a Liberty City neighborhood in Northern Miami, explained in the caption of this photo that he and his mother never even owned a car but now he has made all of her dreams a reality.
“I grew up in the projects, we didn’t even own a car,” Cooper wrote. “The whole story is way too long and melancholic, but just know a dream can go a long way if it’s followed by faith and hard work. It took us 20-plus years but now my mother has the house and car of her dreams. You deserve it mama, I love you. #JustTheBeginning.”
Prior to the NFL draft, Cooper recalled a story about how his mother used to have to walk three miles to the nearest grocery store because she didn't have a car, and how selfish he felt for not going with her because he was tired.
"Cooper remembered telling his mom he was too tired to make the walk there and back one day. When she returned, marks lined Green's arms where she carried all the bags a few miles home. "
"I just kept it to myself. It was just an example of how hard she worked, her getting off work so late or working so hard all ready," Cooper said.
"She sacrificed for us. You want to know how much somebody loves you, just look at how much they sacrifice."
It's not uncommon to see an athlete take care of his or her parents when they make it to the pros but that doesn't make it any less special when you see someone's goals come to fruition, especially when it's a story like Amari Cooper's.
I grew up in the projects, we didn't even own a car.. The whole story is way too long and melancholic, but just know a dream can go a long way if it's followed by faith and hard work. It took us 20+ years but now my mother has the house and car of her dreams. You deserve it mama, I love you. #JustTheBeginning