The most famous moms in the world of sports – NBC Chicago

Happy Mother’s Day to all wonderful mothers!

In honor of this important holiday that recognizes the importance of mothers everywhere, let’s dive into some motherly moments in sports.

The mother of athletes is always their biggest fan. Whether standing by a youth recreational football game, a lacrosse league championship game, or an NHL Stanley Cup final, moms are always there cheering loudly, sometimes even embarrassingly.

Regardless of whether the athlete is currently active in the sports world or is retired, mothers are usually the main ones in disrupting the career, image and overall personality of the said athlete.

Moms like Pam Bryant, mother of former Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, Olivia Manning, mother of football superstars Eli and Peyton Manning and Debbie Phelps, mother of Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, all had their fair share of motherly moments on and off the field while their children broke records and won titles.

So again, how could you not? A mother’s most proud moment is to see her child succeed in the path they are passionate about. And that is something that will always remain unharmed.

Let’s take a look at the most famous mothers of athletes who are progressing in the world of sports today:

Natalia Malkin

Natalia Malkin is the mother of Evgenia Malkin, of the Pittsburgh Penguins Center and No. 2 in the 2004 NHL Draft. She and her husband Vladimir, who put their son on skates at just three, are some of the celebrities in the Pittsburgh community. Natalia even carried the Olympic torch during the 2014 Sochi Games along with her son Evgeni and fellow hockey star Alex Ovechkin. Not to mention Natalia was known for her Youtube debut in the parody “Geno’s Mom Has Going On” as well as for her lucky recipe for borscht, a traditional Ukrainian dish, featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Diane Gronkowski

Talk about a super mom – Diane Gronkowski is the mother of former Patriots superstar and currently unlimited free agent Rob Gronkowski, former Chargers quarterback Chris Gronkowski, as well as former Browns defender Dan Gronkowski. Yes, those are three NFL stars within one family. It is clear that Mrs. Gronk had a love for the game, but even greater for her boys, she always made them succeed in their dreams. Funny enough, Rob was actually born on Mother’s Day in 1989, so he always shared an undeniable bond with his mother. “She has a magical touch,” Rob said in an interview with ESPN.

Pamela McGee

Pamela McGee is not only the mother of two professional basketball players, but also a former female basketball superstar. She was No. 2 overall in the first round of the 1997 WNBA Draft, as well as in 2012 at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. As the mother of JaVale McGee of the Phoenix Suns and Imani McGee-Stafford of the WNBA, Pamela is actually the first WNBA player to have children in both the NBA and the WNBA. Therefore, there is no doubt that her side performances are nothing less than celebratory ones.

Wanda Pratt

Brooklyn Nets striker Kevin Durant shows great gratitude to his mother Wanda Pratt, nicknamed “Mama Durant,” for being one of the pillars of his successful basketball journey. Pratt raised her two sons, Kevin and Anthony, as a single mother in Washington, DC, doing absolutely everything she could to give her boys the best life possible. She worked extremely hard as a postal worker so that her sons would eventually have the opportunity to realize their dreams. And boy, are they. During Durant’s 2014 NBA League MVP reception, he called his mother a “Real MVP”.

Here’s “Mama Durant” supporting her son after Achilles tendon surgery in June 2019:

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