Baby Born During NFL Game

Girl delivered during Browns-Colts game is related to a Cleveland player
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2023 6:30 PM CDT
Baby Born During NFL Game
Cleveland Browns wide receiver David Bell (18) warms up on the field before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

Cleveland Browns wide receiver David Bell left Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts with another win under his belt—and a new family member. Bell grew up in Indianapolis, and hundreds of friends and relatives showed up at the city's Lucas Oil Stadium for the game, USA Today reports. Bell's mother, Kareem Butler, says the player's cousin gave birth at the stadium at 1:20pm Sunday, 20 minutes after kickoff, reports NBC News. "She was due the 26th, but her mom went into labor as we were crossing the street," Butler says. "So, when they got here, they went to the first aid."

"Now I have a new niece, so hopefully I get to see her when I come back to the city," Bell told WLFI after the Browns' 39-38 victory. "We wish the family our warmest congratulations and wishes for good health," said officials at the Capital Improvement Board, which oversees the stadium. "We are excited to be a part of their history." In Sunday's game, Bell faced Colts cornerback Julius "JuJu" Brents, one of his former high school teammates at Indianapolis' Warren Central High School.

Ashley Vlaskamp, an advanced EMT, tells the Indianapolis Star that the infant was the first baby born at the stadium—and the first one she has delivered, though she has helped with other births. " After everything was over, I kind of had a moment where I just stood there and said, 'Wow, that just happened,'" she says. "The game went on and so did we." (More NFL stories.)

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