However, what fans never see or hear about is Eric’s family and where he comes from. Now, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned there’s a reason for that: one of Eric’s family members claims the football star distanced himself from his family years ago.
“He hasn’t been home in two and a half years,” a relative of Eric’s told Radar. “He used to be home all the time and do stuff with us, but he’s not the same.”
Currently a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans, Eric grew up in Cold Spring, Minnesota. The family source remembered Eric as a star athlete even at a young age.
“As a little boy he played baseball and basketball,” the family member said. “He’s always had a lot of talents.”
However, remaining in contact with his loved ones doesn’t seem to be one of them. The family member explained that Eric hasn’t even introduced his kids, Vivianne, 3 and Eric Decker II, 2, to his extended family members.
“Eric has a grandmother who is pushing 90 years old and she has never met her grandchildren,” the family insider explained, adding some of Eric’s family members in Minnesota “don’t know Jessie very well.”
The couple is expecting their third child sometime this year.
As Radar exclusively reported, Eric’s parents divorced when he was eight years old. The family member added that although Jessie’s husband hasn’t returned to his hometown in over two years, his parents still make efforts to visit him down south.
“He talks with his mom and dad,” said the source. “His parents fly down there back and forth.”
Still, the family member admitted to Radar that Eric’s family isn’t impressed by his and Jessie’s reality show.
“We never talk about it,” the source said. “We just know Eric plays football and we watch him.”
Despite the distance, the football star’s relative explained that although Eric hasn’t shown his face around his hometown in nearly three years, he’s still welcome any time.
“He doesn’t get home anymore but his family would love to see him,” said the family member.
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