KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- He may have just won a Super Bowl with Denver, but his heart belongs to Kansas City.
Broncos linebacker Shane Ray won't be joining his teammates at the NBA All-Star game. Ray said he'd rather come home.
FOX 4 caught up with Ray and his mother, Sebrina Johnson, on Friday. Ray said he hasn't been home since last year's NFL draft.
The Bishop Miege and Mizzou alum had two tackles in Sunday's big game, and put one big hit on Cam Newton.
The Broncos had their Super Bowl parade on Tuesday, and Ray flew back home to KC the next day.
When FOX 4's Jason Lamb asked him what he was going to do now that he's won the Super Bowl, he said, "I'm going to enjoy Kansas City. I've been going nonstop with football since January, so I think it's a little relaxation and down time back at home is definitely what I need."
Ray's mother couldn't be more proud of her son, but did say the only drawback is, she doesn't get him all to herself.
"What people don't understand is, that's my only child. I've never had to share him with anybody but family. And then once they become professionals and they're in this type of environment, then I have to share him with millions of people," Johnson said.
"When I'm first out on the field, and I'm looking at Cam across from me and I'm like, 'wow, we're in the Super Bowl right now,'" Ray said. "I got to do my job and make sure I stop Cam Newton."
And he and his defensive teammates certainly did.
When asked what it was like seeing her son playing in the biggest football game in the world, she said, "you know, I've been asked that probably a hundred times since I've been back, and I still haven't found the perfect adjective for it."
Ray is hoping that next year, his mom can find that perfect adjective.
"It's kind of like, 'wow, I'm a champion but... I want another one.'"