- Robert Griffin III was covering the Michigan vs. TCU game for ESPN on Saturday.
- He left in the middle of the game when his wife, Grete Griffin, called to tell him she was in labor.
- RGIII flew four hours on New Year’s Eve, but she did not give birth that night.
ESPN’s coverage of the college football playoffs was disrupted by a fake job on Saturday.
On New Year’s Eve, the University of Michigan faced Texas Christian University in the college football playoff semifinals.
TCU ended up winning and ESPN aired the game, providing analysis on the “Field Pass with The Pat McAfee Show”.
Robert Griffin III, 32, was one of the show’s game analysts – until he got a call from his wife, Grete Griffin, 29, telling him she was in labor.
The former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner got Grete’s call and immediately told his co-hosts he had to leave, confusing them until he explained to them that she was in work.
ESPN cameras captured the exchange, following Griffin as he walked out of the stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and he later shared it in an Instagram post.
He flew four hours to Florida to join his wife, but despite the fanfare, Grete took to Instagram on Sunday to announce she hadn’t given birth Saturday night. She shared a photo of the couple celebrating the new year, applauding her husband’s dedication to his family.
“First of all, let’s start by saying that even though the baby girl tried to make a spectacular entrance last night in 2023, she decided it wasn’t time yet,” Grete captioned her post. “Second let’s talk about my husband @rgiii I called him while he was on live tv expecting not to reach him, but I guess when your wife is 9 months pregnant and calls you, you answer the phone no matter what you do, huh?”
“All I had to say was the word ‘work’ and this man STOPPED CALLING A BOL GAME and sprinted off to the car to get to the airport and catch a flight from 4 hours to get home,” she continued. “I love you more than life baby and I’m so grateful for how you love me, care for me and what you sacrifice for me ❤️ My HERO!!!”
The couple tied the knot in March 2018, having welcomed their first daughter together, 5-year-old Gloria, in July 2017.
He already had 7-year-old Reese Ann with Rebecca Liddicoat, as People reported. He and Griffin then welcomed 3-year-old Gameya and are expecting another daughter.
TCU will face the University of Georgia in the College Football Championship game on Jan. 9.