New York Giants placekicker Aldrick Rosas had a Sunday he will never forget.
Rosas scored the Giants’ only points, a 25-yard field goal, in the regular season opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The game was Rosas’ NFL regular season debut.
Rosas’ first NFL field goal came hours after the birth of his first child, a girl named Karsyn, in Orland, California.
“It was the best day I could have,” Rosas said during an interview with nj.com at his locker Wednesday.
Rosas and his girlfriend, Tiffany Lopez, planned induce labor on Monday because of the Giants’ Monday and Tuesday off days. Karsyn, however, had other ideas. He received a call from his girlfriend around midnight Central time Saturday night, advising him that she was in labor. Karsyn was born at 4:15 am.
Rosas watched his daughter’s birth via FaceTime on his iPhone. After the game, he flew to Burbank, California on co-owner Steve Tisch’s private jet and caught a connecting flight to Sacramento to be with his girlfriend and daughter. Rosas returned to the Giants facility early Wednesday morning.
“It’s been a crazy journey so far,” Rosas said. “Now I’m just taking it day-by-day and continuing to grow professionally and as a father and a family.”
Rosas said the team was very supportive. Long snapper Zak DeOssie, a father himself, woke up to talk to Rosas during the birth.
“It’s so amazing that the organization would even do that, coming from the owner and everybody working together to my dream come through and meeting her,” Rosas said. “It says a lot about this organization and family and togetherness. I’m extremely grateful. What a huge and special opportunity I got to be a part of.”
Rosas told head coach Ben McAdoo about his daughter’s impending birth a week ago. He considered leaving the team to be physically present but decided it would be better to stay.
“I saw it all (on the phone). I was kind of floating everywhere. (To hold her) was amazing,” Rosas said. “It’s a feeling you can’t really describe. I was told that all the time, and what a special moment it was when I got to hold her. She’s an angel, she doesn’t make a sound or cry. She’s good, she’s healthy.”