Robert Griffin III quit ESPN show because wife was in labor

  • Robert Griffin III was covering the Michigan vs. TCU game for ESPN on Saturday.
  • He left in the middle of the game when his wife, Grete Griffin, called to say she was in labor.
  • RGIII flew four hours on New Year’s Eve, but did not end up giving birth that night.

ESPN’s coverage of the College Football Playoff was disrupted by a fake birth Saturday.

On New Year’s Eve, the University of Michigan faced Texas Christian University in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

TCU ended up winning and ESPN televised the game, providing analysis on “Field Pass with The Pat McAfee Show”.

Robert Griffin III, 32, was among the game analysts on the show — until he got a call from his wife, Grete Griffin, 29, that she was in labor.

The former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner received Grete’s call and immediately told his co-hosts that she had to leave, confusing them until she explained that she was in labor.

A post shared by Robert Griffin III (@rgiii)

ESPN cameras captured the exchange, following Griffin as he ran out of the Glendale, Arizona stadium, and later shared it in an Instagram post.

He flew four hours to Florida to reach his wife, but despite the fanfare, Grete took to Instagram on Sunday to announce that she had not, in fact, given birth on Saturday night. She shared a photo of the couple celebrating the New Year, applauding her husband’s dedication to his family.

“First off, let’s start by saying that even though the little girl tried to make a dramatic entrance last night in 2023, she decided it wasn’t time yet,” Grete captioned her post. “Second let’s talk about my husband @rgiii 🥹 I called him when he was on live tv hoping I wouldn’t catch him but I guess when your wife is 9 months pregnant and calls you you answer the phone no matter what huh? “

“All I had to say was the word ‘work’ and this man STOPPED CALLING A BOWL GAME and started running to the car to get to the airport and catch a 4-hour flight home,” she said. “I love you more than life baby and I’m so thankful for how you love me, take care of me and sacrifice for me❤️ My HERO!!!”

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The couple married in March 2018 after welcoming their first daughter, Gloria, 5, in July 2017.

He already had Reese Ann, 7, with Rebecca Liddicoat, People reported. He and Griffin later welcomed Gameya, 3, and are expecting another daughter.

TCU will face the University of Georgia in the College Football Championship game on January 9th.

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