Still, the tough, fierce linebacker who wreaked havoc on Alabama’s offense in the Sugar Bowl gets a tad choked up when talking about his mother’s relentless pursuit of her goals.
“It’s wonderful,” he said. “You don’t let dreams go.”
Skelton said he beams with pride anytime she reads an article about her youngest son’s football accomplishments. She’s thrilled for the upcoming season because of what it might hold for him, but admits being a little nervous because of the sky-high expectations.
Striker, though, knows he’ll be just fine — both on the field and off it — because of everything he’s learned and continues to learn from his mom.
“I’m the person I am because of her,” Striker said. “I get my kindness from her. My humbleness from her. My relentlessness from her.
“I always try to project that image of how she raised me.”