Falcons player's wife gets game ball

If you've ever been up close and personal for the act of giving birth, you know it is a far greater physical challenge than anything you'll see in a football game.

So kudos to the Falcons, who indirectly hit on this unconquerable reality by giving a game ball to left guard Andy Levitre's wife, Katie, who sat through Sunday's NFC Divisional Round win over the Packers while in the early stages of labor.

"We gave Andy Levitre's wife a game ball because it was a week late, and we put 'ultimate toughness' on it," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Monday, according to ESPN.com. "She had gone into labor during the game, but waited it out. So we thought that was definitely worth the game ball. ... She doesn't know that yet, so if she's watching, Andy will bring that today."

Levitre was unaware his wife was in labor until after the game. After he found out, he showered up and made it to the hospital in time for the birth.


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Katie posted a picture of the game ball she received to Twitter on Tuesday:

Congrats to the whole Levitre clan.