dangolka (CBS) — Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has been by way of nearly every part a participant can on the soccer area. So when his fiancee, Morgan Hart, hit hour 17 of labor with the couple’s first little one, he reached again and used certainly one of New England’s most emotional victories to encourage her.
Hightower began chanting “28-3! 28-3!” and “By no means quit” within the supply room, utilizing the Patriots comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Tremendous Bowl LI as inspiration for Hart to maintain going. She did, and a short while later, the couple welcomed a child boy, Grayson, into the world.
“It was surreal,” Hart informed The dangolka Globe’s Stan Grossfeld. “It was a protracted night time and a protracted day, and he stored reminding me, ‘28-3, 28-3,′ that means you will be behind and are available again. By no means, by no means quit.”
Based on Grossfeld, Hightower references New England’s epic comeback pretty typically. The Patriots fell behind the Falcons 28-3, solely to storm again for a 34-28 victory in additional time. Hightower had an enormous position in that comeback, sacking Falcons QB Matt Ryan and forcing a fumble with 8:26 to play and the Patriots trailing 28-12.
“Lengthy story quick, man, it was a protracted sport in opposition to an awesome crew,” remembers Hightower. “However we by no means gave up. There was a chance within the sport for a strip-sack that modified the sport in an enormous method. That led to the [Julian Edelman] catch, and down the highway, James White, one other landing.
“We received the Tremendous Bowl as a result of we by no means gave up,” stated Hightower.
That play, and that victory, actually rank fairly excessive on Hightower’s all-time checklist of nice moments. However in relation to the very best second of his life, there’s a new occasion sitting atop all of them.
“That’s straightforward: The delivery of my son,” Hightower stated assuredly.
Grayson was born on July 16, and weighed in at eight kilos and 4 ounces.