How Mama Bosa chose between Joey, Nick's playoff games today originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
It isn’t easy being the supermom of two NFL stars. But Cheryl Bosa makes it work.
This week's conundrum: Her sons -- 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa and Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Joey Bosa -- both have playoff games Saturday. Timing and distance are an issue, though, with Nick in Santa Clara, where the 49ers will host the Seattle Seahawks at 1:30 p.m. PT, and Joey on the opposite coast facing the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., at 5:15 p.m.
Ultimately, Mama Bosa had to make a decision on which game to attend.
“I was praying that I’d be able to get to both,” Cheryl told Ashley Adamson and Lisa McCaffrey on the “Your Mom” podcast. “Obviously, I didn't get lucky this weekend. Hopefully the following weekend, I will.
“Joey’s been injured this year. I was at a couple of his first games, I was at the game that he went down in, and then he’s been out for 10 or 12 weeks. I went to his first game back, which was two weeks ago. I guess it’s just a numbers game, you know? Like, I need to be there for him.”
Joey registered six tackles (two for loss), 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in the first two games of his seventh NFL season before going down in Week 3 with a groin injury. He was out for 13 consecutive games before returning in Week 17, and he still finished the season with the sixth-most sacks and tied for the first-most quarterback hits on the Chargers.
"I was just with Nick, we went to dinner after the game on Sunday [against the Arizona Cardinals]," Cheryl said. "And I was just like, ‘Babe, I’m really sorry, but I’m going to go to Joey’s game,’ and he’s like ‘Absolutely, Mom.' "
While Joey was out, Nick solidified his case for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He finished the season with a league-high 18.5 sacks, just one shy of Aldon Smith's franchise single-season record of 19.5, set in 2012.
The 49ers are riding a 10-game win streak into the postseason and will look to build on it so Mama Bosa can cheer on the DPOY front-runner next week at Levi's Stadium.