LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson hadn’t intended to leave school early after his junior season and his mother, Brenda Bryant, never pushed him to declare for the draft. But when his mom injured her back while breaking up a fight in her job as a detention center officer, and was forced to leave her work, Ferguson made the only decision he felt was right.
He entered the draft and was rewarded by being selected by the Bears in the second-round with the 51st overall pick of the 2014 draft. Now it is his turn to take care of the woman who took care of him.
“My Mom got hurt on the job and she wasn’t able to work, and I knew she needed me,” Ferguson said. “So my decision was sort of a family decision.
“I just wanted to take care of my Mom.”
Friday’s second round was some consolation after Ferguson was suspended for LSU’s Outback Bowl game against Iowa. It meant that Ferguson had to watch what would have been his final college game on television.
“Coach’s decision,” Ferguson said. “I violated team rules and it was a coach’s decision so I missed the bowl game. I was disappointed watching the game… . Anytime you miss a game like that, which was my last game, it hurt. But I can’t say it was an unfair punishment.”