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Football coach delivers scholarship to walk-on’s mom for Mother’s Day, and it rules

Here’s one of the best football moments you’ll see.

A fun college football thing is the annual awarding of scholarships to a select few walk-on players. This happens in the months leading up to the start of the season, when teams have a good sense of their roster outlook for the next year. Teams often have fun with it.

The East Carolina Pirates put a spin on the tradition this year. It’s Mother’s Day weekend, so ECU coach Scottie Montgomery decided to bring a walk-on’s scholarship papers straight to his mother.

The player getting the scholarship here is outside linebacker Kiante Anderson, a senior walk-on who started (and lettered) for the first time last season. He joined the program in 2015, when he transferred from Division II St. Augustine’s.

Anderson is a local product, from Greenville, N.C., the same city where ECU’s located. His mom, Tia Chapman, works at South Greenville Elementary School.

“He loves her,” Montgomery tells the camera crew that’s following him. “He speaks so highly of her, talks about her sacrifices, and he’s earned it on and off the field. So we wanted to just come over here in person.”

The coach then delivers the mother the scholarship, and a warm embrace follows, and it’s all so happy. “I was just talking about this last night,” a tearful Chapman says. “I was just praying about it last night, because he needs it. We need that, this moment.”

It gets better from there, when Mom calls her son to deliver the news.

“I just got presented with the best Mother’s Day gift ever,” she tells him. “You’re on a full scholarship for ECU, and your name and number is on this letter.”

This is all very good. Congrats to Anderson and his family on a great achievement.