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Za’Darius Smith drove 14 hours to tell his mother she doesn’t have to work anymore

Za’Darius Smith drove 14 hours to tell his mother she doesn’t have to work anymore

On Tuesday morning, former Kentucky pass-rusher Za’Darius Smith broke the bank with a lucrative four-year, $66 million deal with the Green Bay Packers.

But before news broke that the deal was done, he wanted to make sure his mother was the first person to know that their family’s life would be changed forever.

According to Wes Hodkiewicz of Packers.com, the former Wildcat drove 14 hours in his car to tell his mother face-to-face that she’d never have to work another day in her life.

“I said, Ma, you ready to quit working? She said, ‘My bag is already packed,’” Smith said.

When asked about his mother’s financial/life situation, the former Wildcat said that she has been working at a jail in Alabama for over two decades.

Now, her days in a tough working environment are over. She’s set for life.

“She works at the Butler County (Alabama) correctional facility,” he said, via Hodkiewicz. “She’s been there for like 22 years, and she worked with a lot of inmates, so sometimes that can be a headache. To go there and see her, bags packed, it was a wonderful feeling to tell mom she can quit working.”

Sheesh… Did someone start cutting onions in here?

Well done, Big Z. Well done.