Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas had a busy weekend.
In Dallas he was preparing to make his NFL debut on one of the biggest stages football — “Sunday Night Football.” Meanwhile, back in California, Rosas’ girlfriend Tiffany Lopez was preparing to give birth to the couple’s first child.
Initially, a plan was in place — Lopez was set to be induced on Monday, so Rosas would be able to play, shower, rush to a plane, and be present to welcome their daughter into the world. But when Lopez went into labour late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, Rosas was forced to call an audible.
Stuck in Dallas with no way of getting back to California in time, Rosas watched the night unfold over FaceTime. At 4:15 a.m., Karsyn Isabella Rosas was born.
“I got to be there,” Rosas said Wednesday, after getting to meet his daughter in person. “It was a little grainy, but it was good to kind of be there in support. It was an amazing feeling.”
“I saw it all,” he would add.
Already in a heightened emotional state and running on little if any sleep, Rosas had to then prepare to step onto an NFL field for the first time. While the Giants offence sputtered against the Cowboys, Rosas did his part, making a 25-yard field goal that would account for New York’s only points of the night.
After the game, Rosas was whisked back to California via private jet with the help of Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.
“That’s so amazing that an organisation would even do that, coming from the owner and everybody working together to kind of make my dream come true and meeting her,” Rosas said of his travel accommodations. “It says a lot about this organisation about family and togetherness. I’m extremely grateful, and what a huge and special opportunity I got to be a part of.”
Rosas would meet his daughter for the first time on Monday morning.
“What a day, right? I’m never going to forget it,” Rosas said of the whirlwind of sleepless hours. “I guess it was the best day I can have.”
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