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.”
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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.