Los Angeles Rams Wide Receiver Van Jefferson Didn’t Have Time To Cradle The Vince Lombardi Trophy, Sprints To Hospital To Meet Newborn Son
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson didn’t have time to cradle the Vince Lombardi trophy after his team won Super Bowl LVI on Sunday. That’s because he was busy meeting his newborn son.“It was a great day, bro. I got three prizes today. My wife, my son and the Super Bowl,” Jefferson gushed on Instagram Live.
Jefferson’s wife, Samaria, who was due on Feb. 17, went into labor during the ɢᴀᴍᴇ against the Cincinnati Bengals. NFL Network’s Bridget Condon reported that Samaria was spotted “leaving the sᴛᴀᴅɪᴜᴍ ᴏɴ ᴀ sᴛʀᴇᴛᴄʜᴇʀ.”
The couple, who are high school sweethearts, are also parents of 5-year-old daughter, Bella. As soon as the ɢᴀᴍᴇ finished with a 23-20 Rams ᴠɪᴄᴛᴏʀʏ, Jefferson grabbed Bella and headed to the hospital.Later that evening, Jefferson shared a photo of himself holding his baby boy. He captioned the sweet moment, ““X2!!!!!” He has not yet announced the baby’s name. Samaria opened up to The Athletic ahead of the Super Bowl and said she was “definitely feeling 40 weeks” pregnant. “Just like any other ɢᴀᴍᴇ, I’m going to be there this Sunday and I’m going to stay calm… and ᴘʀᴀʏ ᴛᴏ Gᴏᴅ ᴍʏ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ ᴅᴏᴇsɴ’ᴛ ʙʀᴇᴀᴋ,” she told the publication. “I am 100% going to be there. I would not miss this moment for anything.”
Jefferson didn’t learn that Samaria was in labor, until after the Rams had clinched their ᴡɪɴ. She wanted it that way.
“He is going to play. He is going to keep playing,” Samaria said while speaking with The Athletic. “I will never take that moment away from him. I want to see him glorify God on the field that day. If I did tell him or someone told him during the ɢᴀᴍᴇ, he would come off that field.”