One of the first things Texans running back Arian Foster did after signing his five-year, $43.5-million contract on Tuesday was to thank his mother.
Foster’s mother, Bernadette, resides in Albuquerque, N.M. She received a special gift on Tuesday.
“When I was like 7 or 8, I used to tell my mom I was going to be in the NFL,” Foster said at a news conference. “One day, I was joking and telling my family everything I was going to buy. I was going to buy a house. I was going to buy a car.
“I told my sister, and I told my dad and my brother what I was going to buy them, but I left my mom out. And she said, ‘What are you going to get me?’ I said, ‘I’ll get you a fruit basket.’
“She was like, ‘A fruit basket?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll get you a fruit basket.’ It was like a running joke throughout my career: When are you going to get mom a fruit basket?’”
Foster stopped and looked at his watch.
“So, today, I think it should be getting there about now,” he said with a grin. “I sent a fruit basket to her job.”
Foster’s mom will be getting a lot more than a fruit basket because his new deal is worth $20.75 million guaranteed, including a $12.5-million signing bonus.