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The Moment Jarred Hayne Shed Tears

The Moment Jarred Hayne Shed Tears
Jarryd Hayne and rugby 7s legend and friend, Waisale Serevi , during the National Rugby League star’s recent visit to Seattle, United States. Photo: Waisale Serevi.
October 16
11:42 2014

Jarryd Hayne was all calm and collected yesterday as he dropped one of the biggest bombshells Australian sport has seen.

Then it all fell apart.

The NRL superstar was absolutely fine as he spoke about quitting the Parramatta Eels to chase an NFL dream, but as soon as the topic of his mother Jodie came up, the tears rolled down.

“I was probably about to be the highest paid player in the history of rugby league, but I’m a kid from Minto and my whole dream of being a professional athlete was to buy mum a house,” Hayne said, his voice breaking up.

Jarryd Hayne broke down in tears as he spoke about his mother Jodie. “Everything else has been a bonus,” he said.

“I had one goal in life growing up in housing commission and that was to buy my mum a house… ”

Jodie Hayne spoke about the hardships she endured raising Jarryd as a single mother in a revealing interview with the Daily Telegraph in 2009.

“When we lived in Airds, it was tough,” Jodie said.

“Because I was a young mother and had a half-caste child, people would look down at me.

“That was 20 years ago. Even the Islanders would give me filthy looks. People would ask me if Jarryd was adopted.

“I didn’t care. As long as I was there for him, that was my thing.”

Jodie Hayne raised her son under difficult circumstances in Sydney’s south-west. Hayne and his mum Jodie are tight.

He calls her his rock. She rides every moment with him on the field.

The pair learned to lean on each other growing up in difficult circumstances in Sydney’s south-west.

She was a single mother who wanted the best for her boy. He wanted to play rugby league for Australia.

So there’s no doubt Jodie would have been the first to notice Jarryd’s need for a new challenge after he arrived at the top of the rugby league world.

And you can tell from this revealing interview the discussions on what the Dally M medallist would do next were happening as far back as May last year.

“All he wanted to do was play in the NRL and play for Australia and as soon as he got to there it was like, ‘Wow, what do you do now?’” Jodie said. “The dream’s there, what do you do now?’”

The answer to this question was shockingly revealed yesterday.

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