New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson had quite the game Sunday when his team faced off against the Los Angeles Rams. Not only did he snag three receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown (after successfully popping a dislocated finger into place), but he had the perfect opportunity to share some very exciting news with his fans: He and his wife are expecting twins!
After Watson scored the touchdown, he gave what might be the most stand-out end zone celebration since the NFL lifted its ban on the practice. The father of five tucked the football under his jersey and held up seven fingers. All that was left was for fans to do the math.
Ben Watson may have just made the greatest pregnancy announcement in history. pic.twitter.com/8euaRFI0dJ
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) November 4, 2018
“Ben Watson may have just made the greatest pregnancy announcement in history,” tweeted NBC’s Sunday Night Football account.
Fans were quick to offer their speculation as to what the number seven represented. While some suggested the Watsons’ latest addition could be due in seven months, the NFL veteran was happy to clear things up:
“I always put the five up for my kids. So we’re adding two more” Watson said, as reported by The New Orleans Advocate. “As I did it, I saw my wife [Kirsten Watson] in the stands and I kinda pointed at her and waved. She was OK with my announcing. Now everybody knows we’re about to be the Watson Seven.”
Over the years, Benjamin and Kirsten Watson have used their platform to share their Christian faith and pro-life values. Earlier this year, the couple donated a state-of-the-art 3D/4D ultrasound machine to a Maryland pregnancy clinic.
“Seeing life inside the womb not only affirms its beauty and dignity but encourages the mother and father that their child is worth fighting for,” Watson wrote in an Instagram post about their donation.
After confirming that his wife is 13 weeks pregnant with twins, Watson provided some background information explaining why the latest news comes as a joyful break from a very difficult season.
“We have had a few miscarriages over the past years, so it’s been really tough,” he said. “We tried one more time … We wanted to share that. We want people to pray for us. We want to be open about it and we are excited. You never know when you’re going to score again.”
In a tweet posted after his team’s 45-35 victory, Watson tweeted a message thanking his fans:
Thanks for all the congratulatory messages. We are excited about the new additions! Please keep us in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/u4h1hSCTtU
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) November 5, 2018
“We are excited about the new additions!” he wrote. “Please keep us in your prayers.”
God bless the Watsons as they prepare to welcome two new blessings into their loving home!