Professional athletes aren’t typically known for being in touch with their emotions.
On the contrary, many of them have reputations for being less-than-stellar husbands and upstanding members of the old boys club where ego reigns supreme.
But NBA player Kevin Durant is breaking the mould — in a big way.
The Oklahoma City Thunder small forward, 25, recently delivered a powerful and touching speech while accepting his first Most Valuable Player award.
After thanking his teammates, friends, and family members, an emotional Durant talked about his humble beginnings with his older brother and their single mother Wanda.
“I don’t think you know what you did. You had my brother when you were 18-years-old. Three years later I came out,” Durant publicly says to his mother. “The odds were stacked against us — a single parent with two boys by the time you were 21-years-old…We moved from apartment to apartment…When we moved into our first apartment, [we had] no bed, no furniture, and we just all sat in the living room and hugged each other. We thought we had made it.”
He goes on to say: “When something good happens to you, I tend to look back at what brought me here. You would wake me up in the middle of the night making me run up a hill, making me do push ups, screaming at me on the sidelines of my games at 8 or 9-years-old.”
And in closing, Durant saved his final gratitude for his mother.
“We weren’t supposed to be here,” he says. “You made us believe, you kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate — you went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us — you’re the real MVP.”
Not a dry eye in the house!
Grab your hankies and watch Durant deliver one of the most touching acceptance speeches of all time…