The New York Giants selected Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux at No. 5 overall in the 2022 NFL draft.
You might remember the moment. It did go deservedly viral, after all.
At that moment, Thibodeaux’s life had been changed. But it also meant that the lives of those around him had been changed and on Monday, the football world got to witness exactly that.
In an emotional video, Thibodeaux surprised his mother with a brand new house.
It started with a dream, turned it into a goal.
Love you mom, you deserve the world!💙#assetsoverliabilities
Thank you @Giants for believing in me! pic.twitter.com/48QGWn4yq5
— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) April 10, 2023
“I can’t really explain it,” Thibodeaux said. “You do all this and you work so hard. You put everything on the line every day just so your family can be happy.”
The Thibodeaux family history made the moment that much sweeter.
“When I was in high school, I had to live with another family,” Thibodeaux explained. “After that, I went to college. So for five years of my life, I never had dinner with my mom. We never sat at a table with my family. We never had a place for all the family to get together for Christmas and all the holidays when the time came. Now, just being able to provide that, it’s a blessing.