NASHVILLE – When Caleb Farley thinks about his mom, he remembers her courage and strength.
The Titans cornerback also thinks of the fighting spirit of his late mother, Robin.
In fact, Farley has a tribute to his mom on his chest in the form of a tattoo.
"This is a picture of me and her when I was a child," Farley said as he pulled his shirt up after a recent practice, showing off the artwork. "We were boxing. I got this (tattoo) because this was her fighting spirit. We've always been a boxing family, a fighting family, and that's the top of thing that surrounded us, and her. She was a warrior.
"I think about my mom every day. And, being able to mediate in her presence and think about her and enjoy those memories is almost like her still being here. I love dreaming about her. I love when memories of her come back to me, even if it makes me tear up. It still brings back a lot of emotions."
For the last 14 years, the NFL and American Cancer Society (ACS) have teamed up to support the fight against cancer through "Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer." The initiative, which kicked off in stadiums earlier this month, addresses early detection and risk reduction efforts across multiple types of cancers.
All 32 NFL teams will have the option of supporting the Crucial Catch initiative in stadiums and in their communities this year. In addition, players may wear cleats and shoelaces in any color representing the type of cancer awareness they support or have been impacted by during their team's Crucial Catch game.
Farley is one of a large group of Titans who've been impacted by cancer, and this is the team's week to highlight them, and pay tribute, just like they do in their personal lives every day.
Robin Farley was diagnosed with breast cancer when Caleb Farley was in junior high. She was in remission and was cancer-free for several years before the cancer returned into her bones.
Robin Farley passed away on January 2, 2018. She was 53.
"My mom was a blessed woman," Farey said. "She was a leader in our community, she was very beloved in our community. She was sweet and gentle, full of light. And that's what I try to carry on in her legacy, and show the morals and values that she instilled in me as a child. … She was a warrior. I've seen her hold her head high and fight through far worse than I've experienced in this life. It's very inspiring."
In his second NFL season, Farley is still finding his way in the NFL.
Drafted in the first-round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Farley has dealt with adversity as a player, dating back to his days at Virginia Tech when he had to fight through back and knee injuries.
As a rookie last season with the Titans, Farley suffered a torn ACL, which required a long rehab.
Farley continues to fight.
It's how he was raised.
Just look at his tattoo.
"Everything I've had to deal with is very minor compared to what she went through," Farley said of his mom. "I saw it first-hand, and I watched her body deteriorate. And I watched her spirit through it all. I haven't really faced anything compared to that.
"I think my mom is (looking down from heaven) smiling at me, just because of me going through my own trials and tribulations, knowing that I'll come out on the other side and be successful once again. I'll always remember the lessons she taught me and her mindset, and the spirit that was within her and it will push me every day."