KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- He may have just won a Super Bowl with Denver, but his heart belongs to Kansas City, or at least, to one special KC woman.
Broncos linebacker Shane Ray didn't join his teammates at the NBA All-Star game. Ray said he'd rather spend time with his mom.
FOX 4 caught up with Ray and his mother, Sebrina Johnson. Ray said he hasn't been home since last year's NFL draft.
The Bishop Miege and Mizzou alum had two tackles in the Super Bowl, and put one big hit on Cam Newton.
The Broncos had their Super Bowl parade the following Tuesday, and Ray flew back home to KC the next day.
Ray's mother couldn't be happier to spend Valentine's Day with 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.
" 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 said.
Ray said he's still reeling from the Super Bowl experience.
"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, holding the NFL's top ranked offense to just 10 points in the big game.
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,'" Ray said.
Shane gives his mom credit for the years of love and support that he believes got him to be a Super Bowl champion, and hopefully playing in the NFL for many more years to come.
But for now, Shane and Sebrina are just happy to spend a little time together.