KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As Eric Fisher put on his Chiefs' hat and accepted his jersey, he discussed the pressures of being the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. He says he is confident he will be able to handle that pressure because of his tremendous support system. In the back of the room, the leader of that support system looked on with a smile.
"My mom has been the biggest support throughout my life. She's been to all my games," Fisher said. "She's sacrificed a lot to give me a lot in life. That's the thing I like most about her. She didn't hand me anything in life. She told me if I wanted something go out and work for it."
Heidi Langegger has lived that motto. She raised Eric as a single mother.
Langegger spent the past 33 years working in the warranty department at an automotive company near Detroit. Along the way, Langegger won a battle with cancer. So, as the draft neared, a thought popped into Eric's head. It was time to pay his mom back.
"Eric sat me down. We were having some pizza. He said, 'Mom, you know this is going to become a reality.' I said, 'I know.' He said, 'I want you to retire.' He says, 'You've worked long enough. You've worked hard enough. You've always been there for me. Now, I want to be there for you.'"
Langegger took her son up on the offer. She put in her 60-day notice before the draft. She'll be retiring at the end of June.
"It makes me really happy knowing that I mean that much to him."