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NFL: Kenyan Drake Got Some Tough Love From His Mother Before a Recent Game

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake did not have an easy journey to the NFL, and his journey in the league hasn’t been much easier. While still a promising young running back, Drake has a penchant for streakiness both during his time with the Miami Dolphins and his current job with the Arizona Cardinals.

However, before his recent game against the Cowboys, he got some advice from his mother that helped him ease into a better performance. 

Kenyan Drake takes the field

Kenyan Drake warms up before a Cardinals game
Kenyan Drake warming up before a game | Norm Hall/Getty Images

Drake knows a thing or two about playing in high stakes situations. In four years at Alabama under the legendary Nick Saban, he played for one of the country’s largest football programs.

He started as a secondary option during his first year at the school, but by year number two at the school, he showed his NFL potential. After an injury-shortened junior season, however, Drake showed his worth as a senior when the Tide won a national championship. 

This secured his place as an NFL prospect. While not one of the top prospects in the draft, Drake saw his name get called in the third round. He was now a Miami Dolphin.

The Dolphins didn’t put Drake into the lion’s den, however. During his first season, he played in all 16 games but only started one of them. In his limited time on the field, however, the promise he showed in college was there. 

Drake showed a little more promise with every passing year, and his workload got a bit easier. By 2018, he started nearly half of the Dolphins’ games, but halfway through year four, he was headed to Arizona in a trade.

There, the Cardinals immediately gave Drake the starting role that had largely eluded him in Miami. After a solid start with the team, he went into 2020 with lofty goals. 

Kenyan Drake’s rough start in 2020

Despite getting a larger role, Drake did not immediately capitalize this year. He struggled to make many meaningful plays, and his overall performance was below par.

While the Cardinals had a winning record, Drake was not yet playing to his full potential. For example, he only rushed for only 60 yards in the week five game against the Jets and headed into a big-time game against the Dallas Cowboys. He hoped to break out of his slump. To get there, all it took was a bit of advice from his mom. 

Even NFL players aren’t too old for motherly advice

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According to ESPN, before the Monday Night game against the Cowboys, Kenyan Drake was getting ready for the game by talking to his mother. She wasted no time getting him prepared, asking him a simple question: “Hey, son, you gonna hit some holes today?” 

That, according to Drake, was all he needed to have his first 100-yard game of the season. Typically, Drake said that his mom kept out of his football life and let him make his own decisions. However, she knew that it was vital for him to get through the big game against America’s team. 

“As long as I’m healthy and happy, she’s happy,” he said. “So for her to kind of speak up about, I guess, the schematics and what she sees, obviously is glaring. So whatever mom says, I got to go out there and do my best to get that done, so I hope I made her proud.”

The words of wisdom appeared to work for Drake who racked up over 100 yards that game. Unfortunately for Drake, he suffered an injury a recent game against the Seahawks. The timetable for his return is not yet known.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference and College Football Reference