Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Joe Mixon has been one of the stars since training camp began July 27, so no one was surprised by what he did Friday night.
Instead it was Mixon who got the surprise, when his mom showed up unannounced to watch her son’s NFL debut that featured him averaging 5.2 yards per carry with a long of 13 in addition to turning a routine check-down pass from AJ McCarron into an electric 11-yard gain in which he broke three tackles in the team’s 23-12 win against Tampa Bay at Paul Brown Stadium.
“I remember going through the tunnel and her calling my name, and I recognized that voice and turned around and there was my mamma,” Mixon said. “That was fun. At the end of the day, winning is fun. So if you win, I’m sure you’re going to have some fun.”