01/03/14 (Updated)

Jimmy Graham's Mom Becky Vinson

There is a very special woman in Jimmy Graham's life but it's not who you might expect. The heart wrenching story behind Saint's tight end Jimmy Graham and his adoptive mother Becky Vinson is one of struggle, compassion, and love. As a young boy Jimmy Graham was bounced from relative to relative by his biological mother who was unable to care for him financially. Eventually he settled in with his ex-step father, who demanded 98 dollars a month in child support. When his mother refused to pay, Jimmy was left with social services.

Eventually he returned to live with his mother, but at age 11 she turned him over to a home for orphans and delinquents. He was the youngest child at the home and he was abused by the older boys with equally troubling pasts. In an exposé on ESPN Jimmy recalls crying himself to sleep at night and wishing he could be in control of his own fate. After a 9 month stint at the home Jimmy finally convinced his mother to take him back, but this time it meant living with his inattentive mother and her new boyfriend who continually abused Jimmy.

Jimmy's life had been so difficult up to this point; he was due for a miracle. That miracle came in the form of Becky Vinson, a single mom who got to know Jimmy at a prayer group that offered a free meal. When Jimmy revealed his story to the group and explained his fear of being sent back to the home, Becky knew she had to help. She invited Jimmy to live with and her daughter, but unlike the wealthy Touhy family of The Blindside fame who famously adopted Michael Oher, Vinson was struggling to get by. This didn't stop Becky from taking better care of Jimmy than he had ever been before. Jimmy was happy and part of a family for the first time.

In high school with Vinson on his side Jimmy improved his grades, became a basketball phenom, and earned a basketball scholarship to The University of Miami. His senior year he joined the football team and his pure athleticism landed him a prime position in the NFL. Jimmy contributes his success to the opportunity and love that Vinson provided. She helped him believe in himself and she says that she is a better person because he is her son. Jimmy's story may be one in a million but he argues that no matter how bad things get, if you keep fighting you can do anything! As the Saints make their way to the playoffs this week you can bet Graham will have his number one fan Becky Vinson cheering him on!

Want to see More New Orleans Saints Player Wives?

Jeremy Shockey's ex-girlfriend Vida Guerra

Jeremy Shockey's ex-girlfriend Vida Guerra

Lance Moore's girlfriend Kasey Trione

Lance Moore's girlfriend Kasey Trione

Bobby McCray's fiancee Khadijah Haqq

Bobby McCray's fiancee Khadijah Haqq

11 Responses to “Jimmy Graham's Mom Becky Vinson”

  1. Patrice Belonga

    Good job, you a great Mom to Jimmy Graham.

  2. Patrice Belonga

    awesome Step Mom...

  3. Cherry Hinson

    Becky, what an awesome article. What you did in the life of Jimmy stems much deeper. The acts of the love and support you gave Jimmy in his time of need, was instilled in you growing up. God Bless you and Karena.

  4. Patrice Belonga

    You are and were Heaven sent to Jimmy Graham. Know one could ask for a better stepmom..

  5. Maxwell

    Great Mom's have great son's!

  6. Shelly

    Best bio ever! As an adoptive mom myself, I know the love his mom has for him... Biological or not! What a great story he has of struggles in life working hard and success! God has blessed this family! My 9 year old loves jimmy graham and we plan on making that trip to New Orleans someday to watch him play! #whodatnation

  7. Marsha Booker

    God Bless you for all that you have done for Jimmy.
    My grandson absolutely adores Jimmy. May both your lives be long and happy .

  8. Nonnie Davis

    My heart goes out to you and your son. What a wonderful inspiring story. Gives me hope that good things to happen to good people. Thanks for sharing this.
    God Bless.

  9. jks

    It's wonderful that people, some of whom have tragic pasts, can come together and love each other as a family even though they're not blood-related. Home is truly where the heart is. God bless Becky Vinson for giving this kid a home and love, a kid who9 probably felt he would never fit in: a truly unique looking individual, too black to be white, too red to be black. But he's conquered abuse and prejudice and risen to the upper echelon of his career, thanks is no small part to his adopted mom Becky Vinson.

  10. Steve C.

    I was watching Jimmy play tonight and wondered about how he had been raised. I never really heard much about him as I am a Lions fan, but his play intrigued me as someone that is over the top special. Then, I read what you (Becky) has done out of love for him. What an extreme blessing that you are to him and what a blessing he is to you. God Bless You and your Son. OK I must confess, I am a new Saints fan too. :)

  11. Catt Iosefa

    They should make a movie about Jimmy Graham and his mother. A similar version to the blind side.