As if winning Super Bowl 56 wasn’t enough, Van Jefferson had another reason to celebrate after Sunday’s game. He welcomed his second child with his wife, Samaria.
His wife went into labor in the middle of the game and was taken out of SoFi Stadium on a stretcher. She went to the hospital to deliver the baby, a boy.
That was indeed Van Jefferson’s pregnant wife Samaria our Bridget saw leaving SoFi Stadium and headed to the hospital, as her husband and his #Rams teammates try to pull off a Super Bowl comeback. https://t.co/9Pddulza5v
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 14, 2022
Samaria gave birth a short time after the game. Jefferson posted a photo on Instagram of him with his son.
Van Jefferson’s wife Samaria left the Super Bowl in the third quarter as she went into labor and delivered a baby.
What a night for the Rams WR and his family. pic.twitter.com/draO8W8E98
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Jefferson, who had four catches for 23 yards in the game, understandably had things other than football on his mind afterward.
NFL Films caught the moment Jefferson found out via a Rams PR staffer.
This is awesome: @NFLFilms captured the moment when Van Jefferson found out his wife was in labor.
PR staffer: “Van, Van! Your wife is giving birth right now.”
What a moment. pic.twitter.com/rOKFMwDAJJ
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) February 15, 2022
“Van, your wife’s giving birth right now!”
He and his daughter, Bella, raced through the locker room to meet Samaria at the hospital.
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
Within hours of winning a Super Bowl, Jefferson was holding his newborn, as seen in this photo he posted on his Instagram story.
Samaria was due Feb. 17, but always planned to support Jefferson in person.
“Just like any other game, I’m going to be there this Sunday and I’m going to stay calm … and pray to God my water doesn’t break,” she told The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue. “I am 100 percent going to be there. I would not miss this moment for anything. I will be 40 weeks pregnant at the Super Bowl, supporting my husband 100 percent.”
Jefferson, a second-year receiver out of Florida, broke out in a big way this season. He started all 17 games after playing in 16 games with no starts in 2020. More importantly, Jefferson was second on the team in yards (802) and yards per reception (16).
While McVay and his other teammates sung his praises, so too did Samaria.
“He’s a great dad, a great team player, all of the things,” she said. “I don’t know how he does it, but he does it.”