Robert Griffin III jets from live broadcast when told wife is in labor: ‘Hold on baby, daddy’s coming!’

During a college football game broadcast on ESPN2 this Saturday, one of the hosts suddenly belted off camera after learning that his wife had gone into labor.

ESPN football analyst Robert Griffin III, to be precise, was on the field hanging out with three other hosts when suddenly he accepted a call on his phone.

This prompted one of the other hosts to express shock.

“Really? What are we doing? We’re in the middle of a game!” the other host said.

Getting off the phone, Griffin then broke the news to his peers.

“Sorry guys, I gotta go,” he said.

“To the bathroom?” the one other host who’d been complaining a second ealier asked.

“My wife is going into labor!” Griffin then explained, before hugging some of his fellow hosts and running off the field.


About an hour after Griffin III posted this video, he published a new tweet announcing that he’d caught a Southwest Airlines flight “home.”

“HOLD ON BABY, DADDYs COMING!” he tweeted. Look:

Around eight hours later, Griffin finally arrived at home, only to discover that the baby hadn’t made it out quite yet.

“UPDATE!!! Southwest got me Home in time!!! Because our baby decided it WASN’T TIME TO COME OUT YET. We are at Home and enjoying the other kind of 2023 fireworks. Baby Girl must have known that Mommy and Daddy had never spent a New Years apart. GOD KNEW where I needed to be,” he tweeted.


Thankfully, their baby was eventually born, albeit later than ever.

“Me and the baby held on!!” his wife, Grete Griffin, tweeted at 8:20 am Sunday morning.


Her post inspired plenty of congratulations.


This is the second time something like this has happened this year. Back in February, something similar occurred to Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson while he was playing in the Super Bowl!

“After his team’s 23-20 victory over the Bengals on Sunday, February 13, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, Van Jefferson skipped the ceremonies and headed straight to the hospital because his wife, Samaria Jefferson, went into labor during the game and was rushed to a local hospital. Van’s teammate Taylor Rapp also had a major life moment after the Super Bowl when he proposed to his girlfriend on the field,” Glamour magazine reported at the time.

“Per The Athletic reporter Jourdan Rodrigue, Van Jefferson’s daughter and father joined him on the field, and then the trio raced through the locker room and out of the stadium to join Samaria in the hospital. Samaria previously told The Athletic that she was ready if their son and second child was born during the Super Bowl and stated that the child’s due date was February 17.”

In an interview afterward, Jefferson admitted that for most of the game, he hadn’t known that his wife was in labor.

“It wasn’t until after the Rams beat the Bengals in a final score of 23-20, Jefferson says, that he found out his wife was in labor,” according to People magazine.

“I was like, ‘Are you serious right now?’ We hauled tail. In the car, I’m going, ‘You need to push this car a little bit faster, we need to get there,'” Jefferson told the magazine.

“It was an amazing feeling. Winning the Super Bowl and then being able to see your newborn was such a special moment for me,” he added.

Though unfortunately, he wound up having to watch “his baby’s birth over FaceTime as he sat in Los Angeles traffic still reeling over his team’s victory.”

Still …


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