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A Mother’s Day tribute from Oregon football players



To all our Oregon moms, Happy Mother’s Day. As if giving us life wasn’t enough, you’ve supported us through the best of times and the worst of times. And for that, you have our boundless appreciation.

In honor of the holiday, a few of our Ducks football players spoke about their favorite memories with their moms, and why their moms are the best. Here is what they had to say:

Deforest Buckner, junior defensive lineman and general social science major:

E: Favorite memory?

“Not really one memory, but it would be her and I waking up at 4:30 in the morning to take me to school and that’s when we would have our deep talks.”

E: Why is she the best?

“She’s the best because there is no other mom like her.”

Evan Voeller, redshirt freshman offensive lineman and general social science major:

E: Favorite memory?

“Going out of her way to take me to different football camps and games across the state of Oregon.”

E: Why is she the best?

“She is the best because she loves to cook for me.”

Zach Okun, freshman offensive lineman, undeclared major:

E: Favorite memory?

“Tahoe trip last summer. It was a good bonding time with her as well as the rest of my family.”

E: Why is she the best?

“Incredibly loving and supportive of whatever I choose to pursue.”

Tyrell Crosby, freshman offensive lineman, undeclared major:

E: Favorite memory?

“When my mom was by my side for six days while I was in the hospital in 8th grade.”

E: Why is she the best?

“She’s the best because I know she doesn’t always do something the best but she is always trying her best to help me or my other siblings with anything we need.”

Tui Talia, senior defensive lineman, general social science: crime law society:

E: Favorite memory?

“Taking a family trip to Tonga when I was younger, and she showed me around her village and introduced me to all her family members.”

E: Why is she the best?

“Because she taught me a lot growing up. Always encouraged me to stride for the best and always put God and others before myself.”


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Hailey Geller

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Hailey is currently a fashion writer for the Emerald's Arts & Culture desk. She was previously the health and safety reporter for the Emerald's News desk.