Asked About His ‘Hot Mom,’ Zach Wilson Defends Her In The Most Professional Way

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The Internet and other forms of media have been abuzz with dudes paying homage to Zach Wilson’s mother — then accusing a sports-talk radio host of taking it too far.

Wilson was selected by the New York Jets with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft. The quarterback out of BYU was seen celebrating on live TV, with his mom among those at his side.

WFAN host Craig Carton brought up all the talk about Wilson’s mother in an interview with Wilson.

“Your mom has become the lead story, and I say that respectfully because people are like, ‘The star of the first round of the draft is Mrs. Wilson because she’s a very attractive woman,'” Carton said during the interview. “And, I’m just wondering how awkward that is for you, that you just got picked second overall in the NFL Draft, and the focus is, wow, his mom is really hot.”

Wilson, 21, was graceful in his response.

“Yeah, it’s not my favorite (topic) for sure,” he told Carton. “I like to keep her out of the spotlight. She’s an awesome lady and I love having her support.”

Carton took plenty of heat from the social media mobs, and highly likely, the anger came from the very Twitter handles that brought up Wilson’s mother in the first place. But Carton was merely asking a question that Wilson already knew was coming.

If not from Carton, then from someone.

Lisa Wilson, Zach’s mother, has been married to his father for 24 years. As TMZ wrote, Lisa Wilson “calls herself a ‘fitness fanatic’ and posts lots of pics highlighting healthy cooking and her fam.”

But what really matters here is that Wilson is getting an opportunity to lead the Jets at football’s most important position, and he very clearly has the support of his family. Anything beyond that is something that Wilson would understandably just as soon not discuss.

But we don’t mind. It’s our job.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. I could argue from either side of this one. In a polite world such “personal” issues would be off-limits but apparently Mrs Wilson does “promote” her appearance on social media … but certainly NOT to the extent of IG girls.

    High profile sports (and political) celebrities – and their families – should be aware of the pitfalls and land mines of social media circa 2021.

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