CHEYENNE -- A Cowboys receiver pulls down a pass in the end zone or a linebacker crushes the opposing quarterback for a sack, and the Wyoming crowd goes wild. But among the cheers certain voices are louder than the rest, carried by the fervor of joy and pride only a mother can know for her son.

In countless interviews with players throughout or journalistic careers, we've heard from athlete after athlete, at every level, the importance their mothers had in their lives and paths. So, on this day set aside for these amazing women who bore and raised us, we reached out and asked current and former players from the UW football program to send us their photos so we could show these moms some love.

Current offensive stars like Xazavian Valladay were happy to jump in, as well as those enjoying the NFL spotlight like Josh Allen, and past names we still hear over the War Memorial Stadium speakers in our memories like Marcus Harris and Ryan Yarborough — heck, even UW athletics director Tom Burman joined in.

So take a moment to scroll through and meet (and maybe thank) the women who brought Wyoming football some of its best athletes.



Ayden and Desi Eberhardt

Marcus and Mona Marie Miller Harris (RIP)





Chase and Vicki Appleby

Chase and DeeAnn Roullier





Brian and Nancy Hendricks

Sean and Britteny Chambers



Tanner and Robin Gentry

Gunner and Robin Gentry



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Al and Dolores Rich

Marques and Debra Brigham



Mitch and Bill Donahue (RIP) and Virginia Helsby

Ryan Christopherson and Julie Koller





Lucas and Karen Wacha

Dontae and Jennifer Crow (RIP)



Tom and Janet Burman (RIP)

Eric Abojei and Florence Iweorah





Cooper and Marci Rothe

Logan and Carla Wilson



Jovon and mom Michele and sister Shayla Bouknight

Jeff Boyle and Linda Taylor





Patrick Chukwurah and Patricia Odiachi

Garrett and Jill Crall





Levi and Sherie Williams

David and Chris Leonard



Xazavian and Jamese Valladay

Richard and Doris Peace



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Alijah and Tamika Halliburton

Casey Bramlet, mother and family





Chase and Laurie Johnson

Cole Godbout and Penelope Christianson





Dan and Esther Christopulos

David and Luella Cronk



Jackson and Theresa Marcotte

John and Carol Wendling

Josh and Becky Harshman

Josh Wallwork and Greta Yerian



Logan and Tara Harris

Mitch and Kay Unrein



Patrick and Lynda Arnold

Rudy and Shanna Stofer



Tyler and Cindy Holden

Ryan and "Mom" Yarborough





Josh and Lavonne Allen

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And of course, we couldn't bring this Mother's Day love — or any of our Wyoming Cowboys coverage at 7220sports.com — if it weren't for our own favorite ladies. So meet the women responsible for the team.



Cody Tucker and Kathy Brent

Kasey and Kathy Orr, with sister Kristi



Chad and Retha Blakely



Thank you to all the players who sent their photos to make this tribute to Cowboy mothers possible. Happy Mother's Day.