Here’s a feel-good moment involving a former Auburn player.
As reported by Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, running back Peyton Barber, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, bought his mother a new apartment recently. Barber’s mother, Lori, didn’t have a place of her own. Instead, she had stayed with her daughter and three grandchildren in a small apartment in Georgia.
Barber ran for 84 yards on 12 carries with 1 touchdown, his first as a professional, in a victory over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. After totaling 1,071 yards and 13 touchdowns in two seasons at Auburn, he opted to declare for the NFL early so he could provide for his mother. He didn’t earn a roster spot as an undrafted free agent with Tampa Bay. But in September, the Bucs signed him to their practice squad. After four days there, injuries in Tampa Bay’s backfield allowed Barber to be promoted.
Here’s more from Laine’s story:
“My mom is doing good,” said Barber, 22. “I just bought her a new apartment.” He said she’s been to some of his games this year, including the season opener, but wasn’t present for last week’s game. Instead, she watched her son score his first NFL touchdown from Taco Mac, which carried NFL Sunday Ticket. “They weren’t broadcasting it out in Atlanta, Georgia… ‘When I talked to her, she said she was proud of me… and just ‘keep doing what you’re doing.’”
Barber earns a minimum contract, which is worth $26,470.59 weekly before deductions. That’s a good amount of money, and it’s great to see he’s giving back to his mother. Before the NFL draft, Lori spoke about her situation to AL.com’s Brandon Marcello and said, “We’re making it work.”
Here’s hoping life gets a little easier for her from now on.