While the Los Angeles Rams attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2022 Super Bowl, Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson’s wife, Samaria, exited SoFi Stadium after going into labor, per NFL Network’s Bridget Condon.
“I’m pretty sure I just saw Van Jefferson’s wife leaving the stadium on a stretcher about to have their baby. Talk about dedication,” Condon tweeted on February 13.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo confirmed Samaria’s exit. “That was indeed Van Jefferson’s pregnant wife Samaria our Bridget saw leaving SoFi Stadium and headed to the hospital, as her husband and his #Rams teammates try to pull off a Super Bowl comeback,” Garafolo tweeted.
Jefferson and his wife, who were high school sweethearts, are already parents to Bella, 5. The couple previously announced that their second child is going to be a boy.
Samaria, whose official due date was February 17, spoke to The Athletic about being 40 weeks pregnant heading into Super Bowl Weekend. “I’m feeling pretty good — I’m definitely feeling 40 weeks (pregnant),” she said with a launch earlier this week. “I’m definitely feeling the pressure and the pain. Nerves for Van, nerves for our family — but it’s OK.”
As for the Rams’ wide receiver, “I’m excited about it,” Jefferson added. “Excited to play in the Super Bowl as well. … Two things going on. I’m happy about both of them. Maybe he can wait just a little bit longer, until after the Super Bowl!”
Samaria, however, didn’t even think about not being present on Super Bowl Sunday.
“Just like any other game, I’m going to be there this Sunday and I’m going to stay calm… and pray to God my water doesn’t break. I am 100% going to be there. I would not miss this moment for anything. I will be 40 weeks pregnant at the Super Bowl, supporting my husband 100%.”
Samaria Says Jefferson Is ‘A Great Dad’
While Samaria and Jefferson broke up during college, she never stopped rooting for the Ole Miss and Florida alum
“We left it to God,” Samaria told The Athletic. “We let him do his thing and we said, ‘Hey, if it’s meant to be, then we’ll come back to each other.’ And that’s exactly what happened,” she said.
Jefferson, who was selected in the second round of the 2020 draft, married Samaria just before his sophomore year in the NFL.
“It’s been crazy, for sure. Adjusting to (NFL life), marriage, new baby, all of those things. But it’s so great to see how well he manages it,” Samaria said. “He’s a great dad, a great team player, all of the things. I don’t know how he does it, but he does it.”
The Rams Won Super Bowl on 4th Quarter Comeback
The birth of Samaria and Jefferson’s son will be all the more epic knowing that the Rams came back to beat the Bengals 23-20, clinching the Lombardi Trophy.
While it’s hard to make a dent on the offense with Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr already in the mix, Jefferson still finished the regular season with 50 passes caught for 802 yards and six touchdowns.
One person who’s a huge fan of Jefferson is Rams head coach Sean McVay.
“He’s a very gifted player,” McVay told the media during Super Bowl week, via The Athletic. “I think he’s only gotten better as he’s gotten more confident, more experience. He’s made a handful of big plays, a bunch of crunch-time catches for us. I think the future is really bright for this guy… He’s only going to get better. I love Van Jefferson.”