Rams WR Van Jefferson wins Super Bowl, sprints from stadium to witness son's birth

Home-field advantage at the Super Bowl turned out to be a huge plus for Van Jefferson.

Like the rest of his teammates, the comforts of Sofi Stadium surely provided a slight edge for the Los Angeles Rams receiver in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. But the proximity to home meant more to him than most.

Jefferson's wife Samaria Jefferson was pregnant with the couple's second child — a son — leading up to the game. She was due any minute — officially Feb. 17. But the boy didn't wait that long.

NFL Network's Bridget Condon reported mid-game that she was "pretty sure" she saw Samaria leaving the stadium on a stretcher to give birth.

The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue, who profiled the Jeffersons ahead of their big week, confirmed the report, writing that Jefferson grabbed their 5-year-old daughter Bella and sprinted to the stadium exit as soon as the game was over.

After the game that saw Jefferson tally four catches for 23 yards, video evidence of his sprint through the stadium halls soon emerged.

Not long after, Jefferson confirmed the good news with an Instagram image of himself holding his newborn son.


What a day. And thank goodness in Jefferson's case for home-field advantage. A Super Bowl in Miami would have made all of this a lot more complicated.

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 23: Van Jefferson #12 of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-27 in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Van Jefferson won a Super Bowl and held his newborn child within a matter of hours on Sunday. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)