By DAN WOIKE | Orange County Register
TUSTIN – Former NFL running back and Tustin High football star DeShaun Foster stood on the field where he starred in the late 1990’s and shook his head with a smile.
He had just seen his mom bat down passes and take handoffs wearing the same No. 26 on her jersey that he used to wear on the same Northrop Field, under the same Friday night lights.
Cheryl Foster had watched DeShaun play on that field more than 50 times, sitting in the top row of the bleachers to get the best view. Friday, she showed her son some moves, playing defensive back and taking handoffs.
She led a team of NFL mothers to a 14-0 victory over the mothers of NBA and WNBA players in a charity flag football game. While the event, which partnered with a Saturday night gala at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, is hoping to raise $40,000 for Talk About Curing Autism and Orange County at-risk youth, the NFL mom’s had something else in mind — revenge.
Last year, the teams played a charity basketball game in Orlando, with the NBA/WNBA moms winning in a rout. This time, the NFL moms came prepared.
“If you notice,” Cheryl Foster said, “we’ve got our plays down pat.”
A number of NFL players came to the event to support their mothers’ cause, including Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and ex-USC players Stafon Johnson (Tennessee Titans) and Kyle Moore.
“This is a real thing for them,” Moore said. “They had practices and everything. After losing last year, they wanted to make sure they won the football game.”
Moore and his NFL brethren are currently locked out while the owners and the players negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.
Luckily for this event, this wasn’t an issue.
“The players might be locked out,” Cheryl Foster said, “but the moms aren’t.”