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Maternal Instinct

Mother's Day is Sunday, so it's too late to get a picture of you
and your mom into SI. Bet you wish you'd planned ahead, as these
athletes did. In fact we had so many responses to our request
that players submit photos and tributes to mom, we were able to
print only half of them.

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COLOR PHOTO "There couldn't have been Superman without a Supermom." Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal with Lucille

COLOR PHOTO: MICHAEL GRECCO/COURTSIDE MAGAZINE "I love you yesterday, today and forever. In my heart, every day is Mother's Day." Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie with Christine

B/W PHOTO "Thank you for your love, care and encouragement." Anaheim Angels pitcher Mark Petkovsek with Mary

COLOR PHOTO: THEO WESTENBERGER "Thank you for giving me my talent. You are my biggest fan, as I am yours." Golfer Se Ri Pak with Jeong Sook Kim

COLOR PHOTO "Mom, you're the greatest. I love you!" Kansas City Chiefs receiver Andre Rison with Merdice

COLOR PHOTO "Without your undying love, I never would be the person I am. You mean everything to me." New York Mets pitcher Al Leiter with Marie

COLOR PHOTO "Without your undying love, I never would be the person I am. You mean everything to me." New York Mets pitcher Al Leiter with Marie

COLOR PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYER "I'm proud to say how much you've meant to me. You set me on a great course, and for that I'll always love you." Anaheim Angels first baseman Mo Vaughn with Shirley

COLOR PHOTO "I love you for all the things you've done for me, and even more for all the things you've taught me." San Francisco 49ers running back Garrison Hearst with Mary

COLOR PHOTO "I've always been a mama's boy." Phoenix Suns guard Jason Kidd with Ann

COLOR PHOTO "Thanks for giving me the belief that nothing was impossible to achieve." Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens with Henrietta

COLOR PHOTO "You're always there for me as a mother and as a friend." Portland Trail Blazers guard Isaiah Rider with Donna

COLOR PHOTO "Happy Mother's Day. I love you." Gold medal gymnast Shannon Miller with Claudia

COLOR PHOTO: BILL FRAKES (3) "I could not have accomplished what I have without your guidance. You are so cool." Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler with Eunice

COLOR PHOTO "I want to let you know how appreciative I am for what you've done for me and for all the values you've instilled in me." Portland Trail Blazers forward Brian Grant with Dorella

COLOR PHOTO "Thanks for the guidance, the caring and the love." Houston Astros hitting coach Tom McCraw with Fannie

COLOR PHOTO "I thank God every day for blessing me with such a wonderful mother." Chicago Bears running back Robert Chancey with Eva

COLOR PHOTO "You taught me to love my family, to be kind to those less fortunate and that basketball is only a game." Phoenix Suns forward Danny Manning with Darnelle

COLOR PHOTO "You're Number 1! Thanks for sticking by me." Kansas City Chiefs running back Bam Morris with Marie

COLOR PHOTO "Your strength and love motivates me day in and day out." Gold medal swimmer Cristina Teuscher with Monica

COLOR PHOTO: BILL FRAKES (3) "Happy Mother's Day. I love you!" New Orleans Saints tackle William Roaf with Andree

COLOR PHOTO "You're my best friend, role model, business manager and mom. I love you!" Washington Wizards forward Tracy Murray with Candy

COLOR PHOTO "I love you, Mom." Houston Astros rightfielder Derek Bell with Chestine

COLOR PHOTO "Happy Mother's Day to the world's most wonderful mother." Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary Payton with Annie

COLOR PHOTO: E. LEE WHITE "I'm the luckiest kid in the world to have you as my mom. You're irreplaceable." Michigan State guard Mateen Cleaves with Frances

COLOR PHOTO "You are my best friend." New York Liberty center Rebecca Lobo with RuthAnn

COLOR PHOTO: GREGORY HEISLER "You are the unsung hero behind my success." Golfer David Duval with Diane

COLOR PHOTO: BILL FRAKES (3) "Your love and support keeps me going and makes me want to be the best. I love you." Miami Dolphins fifth-round draft choice Cecil Collins with Beverly

COLOR PHOTO "You've always gone above and beyond the call of duty." Stanford forward Mark Madsen with Erlyn

B/W PHOTO "Happy Mother's Day from number three son, Carl." Kansas City Chiefs president Carl Peterson with Louise

COLOR PHOTO "Thanks for your everlasting support and for all the sacrifices you have made for me." Cleveland Browns quarterback Ty Detmer with Betty

COLOR PHOTO: PAUL FIGURA "I owe all my success to you, the world's greatest mom." Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith with Etta

COLOR PHOTO "Thanks for always being a friendly face in the crowd." U.S. soccer forward Danielle Fotopoulos with Donna

COLOR PHOTO "You have always been there for me, giving me love, encouragement and strength. I love you with all my heart." Sacramento Kings forward Chris Webber with Doris

COLOR PHOTO "To Mom and Grandma, you're the greatest!" Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez with Judy (left) and Helen

COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN "There is no adequate thank-you for your tireless care and constant sacrifice." Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo with Lucy

B/W PHOTO: PETER READ MILLER "I love you, Mom." Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis with Kateree

COLOR PHOTO "Thanks for all your support and encouragement. You're the best!" Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan with Joan