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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Baby Boom Hits Chargers' Team
The NFL season is a long grind filled with ups and downs.
Recently, quite a few Chargers have experienced the kind of highs that are not comparable to anything that happens on the field. It is the unique high that comes from having children. With that said, the other unique aspect of it all, is that it’s hit the Chargers’ team in one big wave.
The baby boom kicked off when Brad Sorensen had his first child, daughter Kallie, on the day of the team’s Monday night win over the Indianapolis Colts. The very next day, both Danny Woodhead and Le'Ron McClain had their first sons; Will Daniel Woodhead and Austin Jeremiah (AJ) McClain. Fast forward a couple weeks and Philip Rivers had his much ballyhooed seventh child, a daughter. And finally, to round things up, Nick Hardwick and his wife Jayme are expecting their second child in a couple weeks.
“It’s been great to have our little moments in practice and in the locker room talking about the experience of it all,” said McClain. “Everyone has been checking up on everybody and seeing how they’ve been doing. We’re making sure everything is good with each other and seeing if they need any help or anything. It’s been good. It’s been a blessing. It really has. It’s been especially good for me having my first little boy to talk about it and share things.”
Being that their sons were born on the same day, McClain and Woodhead have joked that in about 22 years, hopefully little AJ gets to play fullback and block for Will running the ball in the Chargers’ navy and gold.
“It’s been pretty cool that there are a lot of other guys who get to experience it,” Woodhead said. “Being a dad is an unbelievable experience. It’s definitely cool that other guys are experiencing it also. Le’Ron has joked about his son blocking for mine one day being that they were born on the same day. So that’s been fun.”
For Sorensen, the support of his teammates after having his first child made the experience that much more special for the rookie.
“It’s been real exciting to come in each day and have the guys ask ‘Did you have your baby yet’ and ‘No not yet. Maybe tomorrow. Did you?’” he said. “I was actually supposed to be one of the later ones. It was supposed to be around now, but then she came first before everyone else. So that was fun to come in and have the guys ask how the baby was doing any everything. It meant a lot.”
Next up for the baby brooding bunch is Hardwick. The veteran center has enjoyed hearing all about his teammates new additions, which, if possible, is making him even more excited for the upcoming birth of his second child.
“It’s awesome,” he said with a big smile. “Most of the guys are on multiple kids except for Brad. So to hear them talk, it’s just awesome. It’s really good. That kind of thing when a lot of guys are having kids together brings us even closer together. You can look him in the eye and know what he’s going through. So it’s one more thing with a teammate that you can really connect on, lean on each other for help and a little bit of support and encouragement. It’s just something else that you have in common which is great.”