If More Male Athletes Cried About Their Kids On National TV The World Would Be A Better Place
In a world where male athletes are still given a hard time over taking paternity leave, it’s nice to see a dude express genuine emotion over the birth of his child. Its even better when that dude is on national TV participating in America’s favorite expression of uber-masculinity. (Yes, I’m talking about football.) Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton did just that afterÂ attending the birth of his baby daughter right before Sunday’s game. According to the Huffington Post, “Hilton missed pregame warmups to spend some time with his wife, Shantrell, and their newborn child.”
Hilton said he wanted to score a touchdown for his new baby, and BAM – he nailed it. His victory dance was him cradling the ball like a baby and gently rocking it (he must have read TheÂ Happiest Baby on the Block), in the most adorable display of man-on-football affection ever.
He then gave a moving interview to CBS, his voice quivering. “Very emotional game for me. I’ve been up since 4 or 5. Just came out here and gave it my all.”
“Don’t be afraid to cry!” said the interviewer in response. “I cried when my babies were born.”
T.Y. continues, weeping: “I’ve been there with my baby girl the whole time. I just want to give it my all and play this game for her.”
When finished, CBS’sÂ Bill Cowher said, “It’s very refreshing to see a young man display his emotions. One of the great moments on one’s man’s life is to be able to watch your baby be born.Â and he was able to do that and to also go out and work a job he loves. Kudos, T.Y. Hilton. A day you will always remember and a day your daughter will always remember as well.”
Who knew the NFL could be so emotional, supportive, and downright cool about fatherhood and childbirth? Perhaps I’m too idealistic, but I think more genuine, human moments like this could help to change our societal construct about fatherhood and men’s emotions. Touchdowns are great, men in touch with and sharing their emotions are better. Score.
Congrats to T.Y. and Shantrell!