Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas had a heck of a few days ahead of him. He was planning on making his NFL debut on Sunday, then would head home to California for the birth of his first child on Monday. However, things only got crazier when Rosas’ girlfriend, Tiffany Lopez, gave birth early Sunday morning prior to her planned labor induction.
With the Giants’ game against the Cowboys hours away, Rosas had to stay in Dallas. So he stayed up all night watching the birth live on FaceTime in long-snapper Zak DeOssie’s room. Ironically, Rosas was one of the few Giants who looked like he was playing on a full-night’s rest. Without his 25-yard chip shot in the third quarter, they would have been shut out.
His daughter, Karsyn Isabella Rosas, arrived at 4:15 a.m. CT, and Rosas returned home to meet her after the Giants’ Week 1 loss.
“Attending” the birth of a child through a video call is never ideal. But it’s better than nothing, and Rosas still got to experience all the new-father feels as his daughter entered the world. From ESPN:
“I got to be there,” Rosas said Wednesday, several hours after returning from meeting his daughter for the first time. “It was a little grainy, but it was good to kind of be there in support. It was an amazing feeling.”
Rosas, 22, knew there was a possibility his daughter could come earlier than Monday. He and his girlfriend decided in advance that he would stay with the team if that happened. No regrets.
“I saw it all,” he said.
The Giants clearly appreciated Rosas’ sacrifice to stay in Dallas for the game. Co-owner Steve Tisch flew Rosas to California on his private jet and joined him for the ride.
“That was a crazy little experience right there,” Rosas said. “That’s so amazing that an organization would even do that, coming from the owner and everybody working together to kind of make my dream come true and meeting her. It says a lot about this organization, about family and togetherness. I’m extremely grateful, and what a huge and special opportunity I got to be a part of.”
Despite the loss, that’s quite a memorable Sunday.