When Marlon Davidson was in the seventh grade, he made a promise to his mom, Cynthia Carter, that she would "never have to worry about anything" and he would buy her any house she wanted.
After returning to Auburn to play his senior year, Davidson's draft stock vastly improved. He was selected by the Falcons with the No. 47-overall pick on Friday night.
Now, he'll finally have the opportunity to honor his hero.
Carter tragically passed away when Davidson was just a 16-year-old high school student at Greenville High School in Greenville, Ala. After experiencing muscle spasms in her leg, Carter collapsed onto a concrete block and hit her head ultimately giving her a blood clot that caused her death.
Since that moment, Davidson has been on a mission to fulfill his promise.
"I wake up every day to a picture of my mother," Davidson said. "Because that's who got me to this point, she helped me get here. If she didn't have me and bring me into this world, I wouldn't be here. All my respect goes to that lady. She is my queen, she will always be my backbone and the person I do it for."
Davidson was five-star recruit coming out of high school and improved each year he played at Auburn. A four-year starter for the Tigers, Davidson recorded 174 tackles, 28 tackles for a loss and 14.5 sacks. He also blocked three field goals in three consecutive weeks.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn covet players with grit and Davidson certainly possesses that trait.
But for anyone who thinks Davidson believes he's made it now that he's been drafted, he would like to remind everyone of this:
"I'm Marlon Davidson, I'm coming here to stay and to show people that I am the best."
With the No. 47 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select Auburn defensive tackle Marlon Davidson.