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Updated May 5, 2011 - 11:05 am

Derrick Rose shows humanity still exists in pro sports

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose holds the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the winner of 2010-11 Kia NBA's Most Valuable Player before the Bulls' Game 2 of a second-round NBA playoffs basketball series against the Atlanta Hawks in Chicago, Wednesday, May 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Covering pro sports for a living can turn you into a sarcastic, negative, jaded person. Day in and day out, I watch, listen and read about pro athletes. They talk about their monetary hardships with the lockout while they simultaneously tweet about their lavish vacations, their expensive purchases and their sponsorships.

Sometimes it's tough for me to take their emotions and their actions genuinely. I find myself thinking there's an ulterior motive or public relations stunt involved.

But Tuesday was a good day. Tuesday I was brought back to the good in sports while watching Derrick Rose's MVP acceptance speech. Rose made me realize that humanity still exists in pro sports. He showed us a personal, genuine side of himself that doesn't translate in an Adidas commercial or an NBA Playoff promo. He thanked his mom and he did it while fighting off tears.

"And last, I want to thank my mom, Brenda Rose," the 22-year-old MVP said. "My heart, the reason I play the way I play, just everything. Just knowing [about] the days when I didn't feel like I wanted to practice, having all the hard times, waking me up, going to work and just making sure I'm all right and making sure the family's all right.

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"Those are hard days. My days shouldn't be hard because I love doing what I'm doing and that's playing basketball. You keep me going every day and I love you and I appreciate you being my mother."

I know I am a girl and as a species we are technically "more emotional", but I would like to think that everyone watching may have felt something sincere and real when he addressed his mother in that hotel conference room in Chicago on Tuesday.

It was a moment I won't soon forget and I hope you don't either.


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