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When David Amerson got drafted by the Redskins, his first big purchase was a car. His second, a house for his mom.

“It meant a lot to me to get her something that,” the cornerback told me. “She’s taken care of me my whole life and has done a lot for me. I know she would do the same for me if she was in the situation.”

It’s a four-bedroom home with a backyard just outside of Greensboro, N.C., and Amerson was able to keep it a secret with help from his management team. After picking out the house, Amerson’s manager brought his mother to see it under the premise that they would be hosting a welcome home party for the rookie. Once she gave her seal of approval, thinking she was approving a location for the fete, they made the purchase.

“We told her we were having the coming home party at the house, which was really her house and she didn’t know,” said Amerson with a smile. “She was like, ‘Oh, this looks  like the neighborhood where we’re throwing the party.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, mom. It’s actually your house.’ Man, she got all emotional.”

While his mom shed tears when he handed her the keys, Amerson insists that his eyes stayed dry.

“I don’t do that. I don’t like that stuff,” the stoic rookie said. “But it definitely felt good. It was a dream come true.”