By peoplestaff225
Updated November 03, 2006 10:07 AM
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New England Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain received his best present before the team’s game on Monday, Oct. 30th — his newborn son, Tavian.
Brigette Hernandez, Tully’s fiancee, went into labor that morning and informed him to go ahead and not miss the game. Since then, he had been checking his phone on and off all day for news about the birth of his first child. As kick-off was about to begin, he checked one more time and found that he had a new text message that included a picture of his son.
"I got a text message of the picture," the new father said. "I was just like, "Wow, he looks just like me.’ It took my mind off the game for a split second and then I finally got back in my focus and I said, ‘This is going to be for my son."’
Following the game, Tully was granted permission to fly on the team owner’s jet back to Providence, Rhode Island to be with his family by 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.
"There he was, fast asleep," he said. "He was tired from the game."

Source: Yahoo Sports