Atlanta Falcons player Andy Levitre was playing one tough playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks last Saturday—but his devoted wife, Katie Levitre, was dealing with something far more challenging in the stands: labor.
“My wife went into labor right before the game started,” the athlete, 30, revealed to Fox 5 Atlanta this weekend. “She came to the game and sat through the game while she was in labor.”
The offensive lineman, however, did not learn about his wife’s condition until he was notified by a team staffer. “I went and showered up, came outside,” he recalled. “We went home for like an hour, went to the hospital, and then she gave birth.”
Katie also shared the story from her perspective, and said the contractions started on her way to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Without her husband by her side, Katie called her mother, who then timed the contractions.
“She said to go to the game and relax, because I could be in this stage for awhile,” she told WGRZ-TV this weekend.
The contractions went from every seven minutes to a higher frequency by the end of the game. “I waited for him to come out of the locker room, and as soon as I saw him, I burst into tears,” she continued. “And he knew: It was time to go.”
The couple named their baby girl Lily Gene Levitre—the “Gene” to pay homage to the football player’s father. “He has five boys,” Andy told Fox 5 Atlanta. “And [he] always wanted a girl.”
Lauren Ridge of Lily Sophia Photography stopped by the hospital to capture the little one’s first moments with her parents. “We’re really happy. She’s doing really well,” Katie explained. “She just wants dad to be done with football–but hopefully he’ll be able to make it to the Super Bowl.”
It’s certainly been an exciting time period for the pair. On Sunday, January 22, the Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers to advance to Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots. Andy told the local station that he’s thankful that his wife has been so supportive while taking care of their newborn.
“She’s taking one for the team, literally,” he shared. “I really appreciate what she’s doing for me.”
The couple first met while Andy was playing for the Buffalo Bills and Katie was cheering for the team. The two got married in an outdoor cermeony in Buffalo, New York, on July 4, 2015.