The San Francisco 49ers signed this 6-foot-4 wide receiver who recently played in the Canadian Football League.
Mother's Day came early for Carrie Barron, mom to new Niners wide receiver Eric Rogers.
After signing a two-year deal with San Francisco in January, Rogers splurged on a gift for his biggest supporter – buying Barron a new SUV.
Rogers led the Canadian Football League with 1,448 receiving yards on 87 catches last year for the Calgary Stampeders. He reportedly had offers from 13 NFL clubs, but ultimately decided to join Chip Kelly's offense.
As evidenced by his last employer, Rogers took a windy path to the NFL. In college, he played at the Division III level at Cal Lutheran before signing with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. When that landing spot didn't pan out, Rogers transitioned to the Arena Football League for a season in 2014.
Throughout his career, Rogers has been motivated by Barron, who raised her son as a single mother.
"He always said, 'Mom, I'm going to be an NFL player. I'm going to make it.'" Barron recently told CSN Bay Area. "I told him, 'Baby, whatever your dream is, you can do it. You have to stay on track and focus. The only person who can stop you is you.'"
Nice work, Eric. Now all mom needs is a parking pass at Levi's® Stadium next fall.