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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper made waves on social media recently. He purchased a home and car for his mother, Michelle Green, posting an inspirational message about his childhood.
Cooper posted a pic of his mother, the new car as well as the house.
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
Cooper, one of five siblings, grew up in poverty in Miami, Florida.
Before he attended Miami Northwestern High School, Cooper played football every day after school at the Barnyard, a community center in the low-income neighborhood Coconut Grove which had a black top court used for football.
According to Alabama beat writer Michael Casagrande, Cooper mentioned that the closest store, Milam’s Market, was three miles away from their home. Since there was no car, Cooper’s mom had to walk there to get food.
Cooper is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL, and if he continues to improve, he can expect a big payday after he becomes eligible for free agency or signs an extension with the Raiders.
It looks like he’s taking care of his family ahead of time.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.