Jets' Matt Slauson at son's birth

Updated: January 1, 2011, 4:06 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Thursday may have been the longest day of Matt Slauson's life, but as the New York Jets offensive guard said after Friday's practice, "it had the greatest ending."

Twenty-eight hours after Slauson's wife Cami went into labor, she finally gave birth to the their first child, a baby boy -- and Matt was there at her side in the hospital every single step of the way.

Montgomery James Slauson -- all seven pounds, 14 ounce of him -- was born at 7:15 a.m. on Friday morning, just an hour, 35 minutes before Matt's scheduled team meeting.

"I had to leave almost immediately and that was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," said Slauson, who slept for just three hours and was "running on a pot of coffee."

"It's like, watch your son be born and then OK, gotta go. But [Cami] was pushing me out the door," he said. "[She] told me] 'You've gotta go to work. I'm fine.' It'll be OK. But that was tough. The 28 hours was tough. But when he was born, it was amazing."

Slauson missed Thursday's practice while he stayed with his wife in the hospital. But despite a short week of practice, he said he'll be ready to go on Sunday when the Jets (10-5) host the Buffalo Bills (4-11) in their regular season finale at New Meadowlands Stadium -- as long as he can get some sleep in.

"Well, yeah [I'm tired]," Slauson said, "but I'm still a competitor. I'm going to approach this game just like any. I'm gonna sleep a lot tonight, [Saturday] and then be ready to go [on Sunday]. I'll feel great and I'll be ready to go."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPN ESPN's Jane McManus contributed to this story.


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