One former FIU standout had an emotional day at the office Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts No. 1 wide receiver and Miami Springs native T.Y. Hilton broke down crying in a postgame interview on CBS as he described the emotions of catching a 73-yard touchdown pass just hours after watching the birth of his baby girl.
Quarterback Andrew Luck connected with Hilton to put Indianapolis up 20-3 against Jacksonville in the third quarter Sunday. Hilton’s touchdown celebration honored his daughter — the receiver shushed the crowd and cradled the ball, mimicking rocking a baby to sleep.
“I wanted it to be special, play every play for her, just give it my all,” Hilton told reporters in Indianapolis after the game, “and when I get back to the hospital I’ll take her the football.”
Indianapolis selected Hilton out of FIU in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Now one of the NFL’s top receivers, he holds a share of the FIU record for career touchdown returns (6) with Richard Leonard.
Hilton’s not a first-time dad. The night before National Signing Day in 2008, Hilton – who attended Miami Springs High – chose FIU over West Virginia University because his infant son repeatedly crawled toward an FIU ballcap.
The receiver finished Indianapolis’ 23-3 win Sunday with four receptions, 122 yards and one touchdown. He surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the second season in a row.