While the Cleveland Browns were beating the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, a cousin of one of the winning team’s players gave birth in the stadium.
The baby born inside Lucas Oil Stadium was already a miracle, but the story became even sweeter when the relationship between the newborn and Browns wide receiver David Bell was discovered by FOX59.
“It’s a blessing,” Bell told the outlet. “Her whole idea was to try to have the baby before the game, but you know it’s all in God’s time. So, now I have a new niece. So, hopefully I get to see her when I come back to the city.”
According to Bell, this was the first NFL game that several of his family members were able to attend.
🏈Former Boilermaker David Bell was back home in Indianapolis facing the Colts.
➡️ I spoke with the Browns wide receiver, his former coaches, family and Purdue fans at the game.@WLFI @WLFISports @DB3LL @WARRENCENTRALFB @BoilerFootball pic.twitter.com/dT7sfybGGw
— Kelly Hallinan (@kellyhals) October 23, 2023
Bell’s mother, Kareem Butler, said that Bell’s cousin was due to give birth in four days, but went into labor as she was crossing the street to enter the stadium.
“So, when they got here, they went to the first aid. By the time they got her back there, the baby was crowning and they delivered her here at the stadium,” said Butler.
The baby was born about 20 minutes into the game, and Bell was able to see photos of his new little niece at half time.
“We wish the family our warmest congratulations and wishes for good health,” stadium officials said in a statement. “We are excited to be a part of their history.”
“We also want to extend thanks to our partners at IU Health for being prepared for any medical situation. They do a great job at meeting all the needs that come their way, and today was no exception.”
The Browns ended up winning 39-38, and gained a brand new fan.