Damon Harrison made the two most important women in his life cry this weekend. He even shed a few tears himself. And it was a good thing.
Harrison followed up on a promise he made to his mother when he was 8 years old and bought her a house in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He unveiled the surprise this weekend, which caused mom and his fiancé to both bawl when they walked in to the new home.
“It was a house she had wanted for a while,” Harrison said after Giants practice on Monday. “Ever since that day we talked about it a lot…. Nineteen years later I made good on that promise.”
Harrison didn’t only buy the house, he helped fill it. Literally. He was part of the moving crew that hoisted boxes and crates into the home, and he pitched in on the fridge and other larger appliances as well.
He may have to do it over again soon. While Harrison bought the house for his mother, he’s still looking for a place of his own near the Giants in New Jersey.
Harrison played four seasons for the Jets, but was an undrafted player out of college and never had the security to fulfill that promise to his mother. This offseason he was signed by the Giants to a five-year, $46 million deal with $24 million guaranteed. That provided plenty of security to make the purchase.
Harrison grew up in what he called “the projects” in New Iberia, Louisiana. It was a small three-bedroom apartment.
“I told my mom that that old apartment could fit in her kitchen,” Harrison said. “That put a smile on her face. She just got done texting me about it. She said she’s still crying.”