INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had a day he’ll never forget.
Early Sunday morning, Hilton called coach Chuck Pagano to let him know he was taking his wife to the hospital, ready to deliver Hilton’s third child. The coach told him take your time.
A 7 lb., 7 oz. girl named Eugenia, or GiGi, was born at 7:30 a.m. T.Y. arrived at the stadium about an hour and a half before kickoff. Despite lacking sleep and being emotionally drained, Hilton delivered for a struggling offense. Four catches, 122 yards and a key touchdown.
“When I was out there, I wanted it to be special,” said the 5’9”, 178-pound receiver. “I was going to play every play for her, just give it my all. When I get back to the hospital, I’ll take her the football.”
Hilton normally celebrates a touchdown by making the letters “T” and “Y” with his arms. This time, he cradled the football and rocked it like a baby.
“I wanted to do something different. It’s a day I’ll never forget,” he said.
The coach won’t either.
“Just glad we didn’t get a flag. If we did, we did, but I think it’s pretty special,” Pagano said.
An emotionally draining day for one of the NFL’s top playmakers.