After playing in front of an entirely empty stadium in the opener and in Week 4, the Washington Football Team's players can now invite small groups of people to FedEx Field to support them. That started in Week 5 against the Rams, and it'll continue this Sunday versus the Cowboys.
For Chase Young, that means his mom will once again be in the stands, which is something he seriously cherishes.
"It's a blessing," Young said in a Thursday Zoom. "Every time I see it — I'm really at a loss for words. It's really just motivation for me."
That last sentence isn't just lip service, either. It sounds like Young legitimately draws inspiration from her presence.
"I can't go out into a game and get put on my butt, because my mom, she'll say something about that," the rookie star said. "So, it definitely gives me more motivation. When I'm tired, I'm like, 'Man, all right, I can't look like no sucker in front of my mom, though.' It's just like a real motivation when she's up there to make me go harder."
"I can't look like no sucker in front of my mom" is such a good quote. It may even be the best quote ever. Relatable, too. No one — whether it's an NFL player or a second-grade kid on the soccer field — wants to be embarrassed in front of their mom.
Young's mom has huge expectations, by the way. While she certainly appreciates No. 99's work against the run, it's the quarterback takedowns she wants to see more of.
"To make money, you've got to get sacks," he said. "Everybody knows sacks are sacks. She's definitely more excited about the sacks.
"She's always, 'Sack. A sack! I need a sack. ... She doesn't know how hard it is to get a sack. But, you know, it's my mom, so it helps."
Through four full games and one contest that he barely played in before departing with an injury, Young has posted 2.5 of the things his mom loves the most. Yes, he'd like that number to be higher, but he learned in college not to stress about that too much.
"Sacks, it's something I really try not to think about anymore, because they're going to come if you keep rushing," Young said. "You keep living in the moment, every play, and play that play, they're going to come."
When they do come, Young will obviously be excited. After his Thursday comments, though, we now know that someone else close to him will be even more so.