GREEN BAY – As the Packers boarded the plane from New England early Monday morning, the contractions had already started for JK Scott‘s wife, Sydney, back in Green Bay.
After the two-hour return flight, the Packers’ rookie punter arrived home in time to escort his wife to the hospital. Sydney spent most of Monday in labor before the couple finally welcomed the birth of a baby boy around 11 p.m.
“It was cool, just the lord’s timing and the way God was working through it,” Scott said. “As soon as we got on the plane, she started having his contractions and started going into labor. Everything got more intense. We went to the hospital about two, three hours after we got back.”
The Packers put extra precautions in place over the weekend to make sure Scott was present for the birth of his first child, keeping a plane on standby near Gillette Stadium and signing veteran punter Drew Kaser in case Scott needed to get home at a moment’s notice.
In the end, the Packers didn’t need to rely on the contingency plan. With his mother-in-law in town to help out at home, Scott was back on the practice field Wednesday.
Afterward, several teammates were still congratulating Scott in the locker room.
“It’s incredible. I don’t know how to describe it,” Scott said. “Having a son is life-changing. It’s just amazing to meet him for the first time. Everything up to when he’s born, you’re starting to change and grow as a person. The lord is equipping you. Once the baby is born, something changes.”