For all athletes, being away from home and missing big days is a huge part of the sacrifice they give up for the game. But Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he is balancing his football and family life with the help of some advanced technology.
According to the report, when he couldn’t reach his fiancée in time, he watched the birth of his son Austin on Monday through FaceTime from the airport as he waited for his flight.
"I saw everything I needed to see," Carr said. "I saw it all. Technology is wonderful these days. Sometimes you can’t control what’s going to happen. You’ve just got to go with the flow. I made the most of it."
He did get to meet the newborn hours later and spent a few days with his new son before heading back to camp.
"No sleep at all, but I wouldn’t want it any other way," he told the newspaper. "It was a good feeling to be there and actually see your first son. I’m still trying to gather my thoughts and bring it all in. The last two days have been good. It's a blessed feeling."
Carr is not the first athlete this summer to deal with a similar work-family balance issue. Golfer Hunter Mahan, the tournament leader at the RBC Canadian Open, left early (and possibly forfeited $1 million) last month to be with his wife for their child's birth.