In honor of Mother's Day, SI.com takes a candid look at some athletes and their mothers, including Jerome "The Bus" Bettis with his mom, Gladys.
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Joakim Noah made his way through a packed Georgia Dome crowd to hug his mother (and former Miss Sweden), Cécilia Rhode, after the Gators won their second consecutive national championship earlier this year.
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Allen Iverson poses with his mother, Ann.
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Shaun White, a.k.a. "the Flying Tomato," and his mother, Kathy, celebrate Shaun's gold medal win in the halfpipe at the Turin Olympics.
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As her mother, Bo, looks on, Michelle Wie tees off on the 16th fairway at Waialae Country Club during a practice round at the Sony Open in Honolulu.
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Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward poses with his mother, Kim Young-hee, as they wear traditional dress at the Korean Folk Village in Yongin, south of Seoul.
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In her first year as a pro, at age 15, tennis prodigy Venus Williams gets her face wiped by her mother, Oracene Williams, before conducting a tennis clinic for inner-city youth in Oakland.
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NFL running back Clinton Portis celebrates with his mother, Rhonnel Hearn, after Washington beat Philadelphia 17-10. Portis famously took his mother to his senior prom at Gainesville (Fla.) High in 1999.
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LSU's Glen Davis shows a tattoo of his mother, Tonya. She has battled a drug addiction for the past 24 years, which has regularly pulled her out of Glen's life.
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Dakoda Dowd sits with her mother, Kelly Jo Dowd, in their apartment in Palm Harbor, Fla. Dakoda was given an exemption to play in the 2006 LPGA Ginn Open in Orlando so that Kelly Jo, who has terminal cancer, could fulfill her wish of seeing her 13-year-old daughter play against the best women golfers in the world.
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Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and his mother, Betsy, were named as new spokespeople for Campbell's Chunky soup during the 2006 NFL draft luncheon in New York City.
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FC Barcelona's Ronaldinho kisses his mother, Miguelina, while holding his Ballon d'or (Golden Ball) trophy for best football player of the year.
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Pat Summitt plants a big kiss on her mother, Hazel Head, after the Vols defeated Rutgers to win the 2007 NCAA tournament.
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Irish golfer Padraig Harrington poses with his mother, Breda, who caddied for him during a par-3 contest prior to the Masters.
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U.S. Olympic bronze medalist freestyle skier Toby Dawson and his mother, Deborah, pose for a photograph before appearing on NBC's Today show during the Turin Olympics.
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Clippers guard Cuttino Mobley hugs his mother, Jackie, after a 101-83 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the 2006 playoffs' first round. The victory gave Los Angeles its first playoff series win in 30 years.
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Brazilian striker Ronaldo Nazario gets a hug from his mother, Sonia, after a training session in Germany before the 2006 World Cup.
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JaMarcus Russell and the No. 1 woman in his life, mother Zina Anderson, embrace after LSU defeated Notre Dame in the 2007 Sugar Bowl.
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Appalachian State's Daniel Bettis embraces his mother, Teresa, after the Mountaineers won the Division 1-AA championship with a 28-17 victory over UMass.
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Tiger Woods shares a laugh with his mother, Katilda, during a November 2003 tournament.
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