Kwity Paye, the 21st pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, broke the big news to his mother, Agnes, while he was speaking live on ABC’s draft coverage. “She’s done working,” Kwity said to his unsuspecting mother. That’s right, the defensive end out of Michigan officially retired his mother on the spot.
“One day, she’ll never have to lift a finger again,” Kwity promised the day he signed to play football at Michigan.
The Paye story is an incredible one. Kwity, according to the Providence Journal, is an ethnic Liberian from Sierra Leone and was born in a refugee camp in Guinea. He came with his mother to the United States at six months old.
Agnes’ story goes that she was living in a Sierra Leone refugee camp with her husband and a son. Her cousin was in the same camp. The cousin, Cyrus, asked Agnes to hold money he’d saved working odd jobs around the camp while he was at the far edge of the camp. While he was away, soldiers attacked the camp and Agnes didn’t have time to find Cyrus so she fled with the money and bought her way to Guinea where Kwity was born.
Cyrus ended up sliced up by soldiers and just happened to be saved from certain death because he recognized one of the soldiers and asked for help.
Agnes and her sons eventually found their way to a new life in Rhode Island where she went to work helping the family by working multiple jobs. “She works three jobs,” Kwity said the day he signed with Michigan. “I never see her face.”
That all changed Thursday night when Kwity told his mother she was done being on the run. She’s retired.
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) April 30, 2021