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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.
I'm pretty sure I just saw Van Jefferson's wife leaving the stadium on a stretcher about to have their baby. Talk about dedication.
— Bridget Condon (@BridgetCondon_) February 14, 2022
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.
Van Jefferson grabbed his daughter as she and his dad came into the field and sprinted through the locker room and is heading to the hospital right now. Samaria, his wife, is having their son and was rushed to the hospital mid-game as she went into labor.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) February 14, 2022
After the game that saw Jefferson tally four catches for 23 yards, video evidence of his sprint through the stadium halls soon emerged.
— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) February 14, 2022
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.