Bobby Wooden Jr. said he wanted to stand strong when he said goodbye to his parents as they were leaving their son to play for University of New Mexico’s football team earlier this month in Albuquerque.
But when he saw his mother Vanessa crying, Wooden couldn’t help but to shed a few tears. This wasn’t just any other farewell for a UNM freshman. This was one of fear and uncertainty during an unprecedented offseason amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was emotional,” Wooden said. “I was saying goodbye, my mom just looked at me and I was like, “Aw, snap.” She started boo-hoo crying. … It was emotional.”