One son's drama on a long draft day
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Maurice Stovall stood and watched on Saturday, fully absorbed with what was transpiring on the big screen at Dave & Busters restaurant. A few feet to his right, confined to a wheelchair, his mother, Cynthia, watched, too, just as intently. Only, her gaze wasn't fixated on the screen. She kept her eyes on her son as name after name after name, none of them Maurice Stovall, came and went from the podium at Radio City Music Hall.Cynthia Stovall's look was the kind of gunmetal stare that a mother applies to her son when she senses his tension. She'd used it before, starting perhaps as far back as Maurice's pee-wee football days, and certainly through high school and his career at Notre Dame. The NFL draft was to be the gift that Maurice, a 6-foot-4, 218-pound wide receiver, was to present to his mother for all of those loving looks through all of those high-tension games. An NFL contract would mean that his mother and father finally could have a nicer home, maybe a luxury car. And it would mean, perhaps, a lessening of the worries brought on by the reason Cynthia watched the draft, watched her son watch the draft, from a wheelchair. In February, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. By the time they found it, the disease already had spread to her lungs.
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