Vinnie Jones marked Mother’s Day by posting a touching childhood picture featuring himself, his sister and his mum on Twitter.
Alongside the social media post, the actor tweeted: “Me, my Mum and little sister Annie how beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day #MothersDay #mothersday2020”
Jones made over 500 career appearances and is notorious for his aggressive style of play and certain violent incidents off the ball.
However, this Mother’s Day tribute is not the only time he has shown his softer side in recent years.
Jones recalled his final moments with his wife Tanya in a moving interview last year after his spouse died after 25 years of marriage and a six-year battle with cancer.
Though Jones has stepped away from the limelight since then, he has also come out in support of the new opt-out organ donor system which is set to come into force in May.
The Mirror’s successful Change the Law for Life campaign now means that all adults have consented for their organs to be donated after they die unless they opt-out.
Tanya suffered heart failure aged 21 after giving birth to her daughter.
But Vinnie recalled how the “fantastic gift” of a new heart from the family of a German child who was killed in a car accident “saved my life, not just hers”.
“I think it’s fantastic,” Vinnie said of the new law. “My feeling is that more people would want to donate than not donate so the turnaround is the better option. I know it’s going to save lives.”
“Tans had a transplant after her heart collapsed giving birth,” he added. “If you kneel down in front of the pearly gates and say, ‘Give us five more years with her, give us 10 years’ – you take that.
“We had 32. It saved my life, not just hers.”