As Frank Ragnow enters his fourth NFL season, the Detroit Lions are looking at his long-term future. Detroit first exercised Ragnow’s fifth-year option, keeping him with the team through 2022. The Lions want to make sure Ragnow stays with the team beyond 2022, so they tacked on a four-year extension. At $13.5 million per year, Ragnow is set to be the highest-paid center in the NFL.

The club held a press conference after Ragnow signed his extension this week. Ragnow got emotional talking about his parents. Ragnow’s father tragically passed five years ago. The former Razorback described what it means to be able to financially take care of his mother.

“I had wrote that the goal was to make it to the NFL and be able to take care of my parents,” Ragnow said. “And, they’re just — my dad and my mom — are just my people and I’m very grateful for them. My dad’s not here, but I’m very excited to take care of my mom, ’cause I had an amazing childhood, man, and I’m just so proud of the way I was raised and how I was raised and my upbringing. To be able to give back to my mom, I wish I could give back to my dad and go fishing with him and everything, but to be able to give back to my mom and my family, it means the world.”

It looks to be a special Mother’s Day in the Ragnow family.

[H/T Sporting News]