Samaria, 24, went into labor in the middle of the game and gave birth later that evening. Van, 25, didn’t learn she had gone into labor until after his team beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20.
The high school sweethearts, who are also parents to a five-year-old daughter, Bella, revealed they are stuck between two names for their son after Van suggested a moniker inspired by his Super Bowl win.
‘When he was born, Van walked into the room and he said, “I have a great idea for a name…Wynn Jefferson,”‘ Samaria shared, explaining they would spell the name W-Y-N-N. ‘So, we’re torn between Wynn and Miles Jefferson.’
Samaria said she started having contractions that morning, but she wasn’t overly concerned because they were spaced far enough apart.
‘I just knew I wanted to push through as long as I could,’ she explained, but they got worse after she took her seat at SoFi Stadium to root on her husband.
Samaria explained she had contractions the entire game, saying they were eventually coming every five to ten minutes.
‘I was wincing in pain, and then watching Van,’ she recalled. ‘It was just crazy, but at half-time was when I was like, OK, it’s getting worse.’
Samaria knew it was time to get to the hospital because she was ‘in tears, crying.’ She left the game on a stretcher, ABC News reported.
She was adamant that no one would tell Van she was in labor because she wanted him to finish the game.
‘She’s a champ,’ Van gushed. ‘She didn’t want to tell me. She wanted me to be focused on the game. I appreciate her doing that. I think if she had told me, I probably would’ve been freaking out.’
The NFL star skipped his team’s post-win celebration and headed to the hospital to be with his wife and meet their baby boy.
Samaria shared Inside the NFL‘s video of the moment Van was told she was giving birth on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Erica Tempesta