PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Nick Eason #98 and Jeremy Bridges #73 of the Arizona Cardinals warm up prior to their game against the Philadelphia Eagles during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
On Wednesday, the Arizona Cardinals official Twitter account announced that Iris Holland Wilcox, mother of defensive end Nick Eason, passed away. If you kept up with Nick's Twitter account (@njeason), you know that she has been in this battle for quite some time. This summer, it took a turn for the worst, causing Nick to miss a lot of time on the field.
The thing about Nick is, he will recover. That is just the type of person he is.
Here is the tweet from the Cardinals:
Nick announced throughout the summer that his mother had numerous surgeries and that her bout with cancer was draining her. Just when things seemed to be getting better, something else would go awry.
So when Miss Wilcox finally lost her battle, Nick posted this touching photo on Facebook.
I had the chance to meet Nick a couple of months back to video tape his boxing session with a Cardinals fan. Before I went, I really didn't know what to expect. This would be the first time I had met with a professional athlete outside of the working environment.
When I got there, Nick welcomed me into the gym with open arms and treated me (and my skinny arms) like any other person. We shared a few laughs and he made my experience an unforgettable one. That is testament to the great job that his mother did of raising him.
Our condolences are with you and your family during this time of hardship, Nick. Rest in peace, Miss Wilcox.