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Happy Mother's Day! Here's hoping you sons out there didn't forget. A number of athletes sure didn't, taking to social media to share photos and deliver special messages to some of the most important women in their lives.

Kevin Durant, whose emotional NBA MVP acceptance speech included much love for his mother, Wanda Pratt, shared this powerful image before his Oklahoma City Thunder took on the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal:


Teammate Russell Westbrook was among many other NBA stars to take time out -- some from their still-active playoff runs -- to show their love. Also among them: Paul George, the Indiana Pacers All-Star whose mother, Paulette, suffered a stroke when he was 10.


In the NFL, Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas paid tribute to his mother, Debbie, a cancer survivor who was diagnosed two years before Earl was born (she calls him her "miracle baby"):


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sent a greeting to his mother and sister, while teammate NaVorro Bowman got his mom quite the gift:


Newly minted draft picks Sammy Watkins and Carlos Hyde joined NFL players Cameron Jordan and Chance Warmack in talking about their favorite mom-related memories:


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And on the baseball diamond, where teams throughout Major League Baseball are using pink balls, bats, cleats and other accessories, the Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez went an extra step to show love for all the moms of the world:


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J.J. Watt's 2012 season was one for the ages -- he had 20.5 sacks and an astounding 16 passes defended as opposing quarterbacks quailed at the site of him across the line of scrimmage. His stats this season aren't quite as good, but they still place him in the running for the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Has he had a better season than the likes of Robert Mathis or Richard Sherman? Submit your rankings!

Defensive Player of the Year

Vontaze Burfict

Vontaze Burfict

Bengals LB
151 tackles, 8 passes defensed, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble

Lavonte David

Lavonte David

Buccaneers LB
126 tackles, 9 pass defenses, 6 sacks, 5 INTs, 2 forced fumbles

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

Panthers LB
122 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 sacks

Robert Mathis

Robert Mathis

Colts DE
49 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

Rams DE
46 tackles, 15 sacks, 7 forced fumbles

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Seahawks CB
34 tackles, 6 INTs

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

Seahawks FS
93 tackles, 5 INTs, 2 forced fumbles

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

Texans DE
69 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 6 pass defenses, 3 forced fumbles

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Two of Earl Thomas' 10 tackles came as the Seahawks made a goal-line stand in the final seconds of a 14-9 win over the Rams. Calvin Johnson set a Lions franchise-record with 329 receiving yards against the Cowboys, just seven yards shy of the NFL single-game receiving record. Both players had MVP-worthy performances, but where does their output rank among other deserving candidates? Below are the 10 players NFL Nation reporter Dan Graziano has in his weekly MVP watch. Click the images below to set your own rankings!

2013 NFL MVP Watch

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Saints QB
2,290 yards, 19 TD, 5 INT, 67.5 CMP%

Jamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles

Chiefs RB
153 ATT, 635 yards, 6 TD

Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton

Bengals QB
2,249 yards, 16 TD, 7 INT, 65.6 CMP%

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Lions WR
47 REC, 821 yards, 7 TDs

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Colts QB
1,574 yards, 10 TD, 3 INT, 60.7 CMP%

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Broncos QB
2,919 yards, 29 TD, 6 INT, 71.2 CMP%

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

Chargers QB
2,132 yards, 15 TD, 5 INT, 73.9 CMP%

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Packers QB
2,191 yards, 15 TD, 4 INT, 67.1 CMP%

Tony Romo

Tony Romo

Cowboys QB
2,216 yards, 18 TD, 5 INT, 66.1 CMP%

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

Seahawks S
53 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 4 INT

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Darrelle Revis, the NFL's premier cornerback for several recent seasons, relocated to Tampa in the offseason. Ed Reed, long one of the league's top safeties, also moved. Troy Polamalu, another standout defensive back, stayed put as he attempts to fight off recent injury issues. Are these three stalwarts still the league's best? Or has football's younger DB generation taken over? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: MVP | QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | DLs | LBs | Offensive ROY | Defensive ROY

NFL DBs in 2013

Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey

Broncos
2012: 66 tackles, 2 INT

Eric Berry

Eric Berry

Chiefs
2012: 86 tackles, INT

Jairus Byrd

Jairus Byrd

Bills
2012: 76 tackles, 4 FF, 5 INT

Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie

Jets
2012: 35 tackles, 3 INT

Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers

Chiefs
2012: 48 tackles, sack, 3 INT

Dashon Goldson

Dashon Goldson

Buccaneers
2012: 69 tackles, FF, 3 INT

Joe Haden

Joe Haden

Browns
2012: 51 tackles, FF, 3 INT

Johnathan Joseph

Johnathan Joseph

Texans
2012: 57 tackles, 2 INT

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson

Cardinals
2012: 55 tackles, 7 INT

Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu

Steelers
2012: 34 tackles, sack, INT

Ed Reed

Ed Reed

Texans
2012: 58 tackles, 4 INT

Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

Buccaneers
2012: 11 tackles, FF, INT

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Seahawks
2012: 64 tackles, 3 FF, sack, 8 INT

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

Seahawks
2012: 66 tackles, FF, 3 INT

Charles Tillman

Charles Tillman

Bears
2012: 86 tackles, 10 FF, 3 INT

Eric Weddle

Eric Weddle

Chargers
2012: 97 tackles, sack, 2 FF, 3 INT

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