By peoplestaff225
Updated August 23, 2008 02:00 PM

Corey Grant, a 31-year-old wide receiver in the Canadian Football League, and wife Jennifer welcomed their first child together August 9, a daughter they’ve named Qiawna. The name — which has Hawaiian origins and means "God’s gracious gift," according to Corey — has special meaning for the couple.

Fatherhood is "the greatest feeling," Corey says — but it’s also a state of being that took some time to sink in. "The weirdest part was when my dad called me dad," Corey says, "that’s when I really thought that I was a dad now." Although he has since returned to his team after a bye week and three-day leave, Corey’s thoughts aren’t far from his wife and child.