Eric Ebron turns to his mother Gina Jackson for all of the major decisions he makes in life. He said she has the final say for 95 percent of them — and the other 5 percent are made while playing PlayStation.
He said she’s the reason he plays football, the reason he came to North Carolina. “The reason why I was born,” he said, smiling.
She’s also the reason why the tight end declared for the 2014 NFL Draft and why he did it Monday — with one game left in the regular season — instead of waiting until season’s end.
In doing so, Ebron, a junior, will be honored along with the UNC senior class on Saturday against Duke in the final home game of the season. And that’s a moment he didn’t want to deprive his family of seeing.
“It’s really just to give my mom an experience that she wouldn’t get to experience,” said Ebron, who expects more than 20 family members to attend Saturday’s game. “It’s not for me, and it’s not to try to take away from anything or interrupt or interfere with my performance because I’m still going to go out there and play like we’re playing against Duke.”