— TY Hilton (@TYHilton13) November 23, 2014
Some day, years from now, when Eugenia Emma Hilton asks her daddy to tell her about the day she was born…she’s going to hear quite a story.
T.Y. Hilton, wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, and father to daughter “Gigi,” will tell her that she wasn’t expected for weeks, that he turned his phone off and went to bed in his hotel room the night before the Colts played the Jacksonville Jaguars in Indianapolis, and that he was awakened by a knock on his door early that morning.
It was someone from the team, informing him that his wife, Shantrell, was in labor. He rushed to the hospital in time for the birth, spent a few hours with his first daughter (she has two big brothers), then rushed back to Lucas Oil Stadium for the start of the game.
Oh, yeah. And on the way out, he asked his little girl if she wanted a touchdown ball or a game ball.
With no food and little sleep, Daddy went back to work. Then, in the third quarter, with a deep right pass from Colts quarterback Andrew Luck…T.Y. Hilton scored a touchdown! And rocked the ball in the end zone like a baby. Colts fans cheered in approval and congratulations.
The Colts beat the Jaguars 23-3. And with four catches for 122 yards and a touchdown, Daddy returned a few hours later with a touchdown ball and a game ball for his sweet baby girl.
And that, little Eugenia, is the story of the day you were born.
Now, how many people can say that?