NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kevin Leon Byard IV was due to be born on Aug. 24. But he had his own schedule, coming a day early and forcing his dad, Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard, into action.
Byard helped deliver his son at home on Aug. 23 while receiving instructions over the phone from a doula.
Earlier that evening, Byard’s wife, Clarke, started having contractions. But after they subsided, Byard fell asleep — until Clarke’s contractions returned around 10:30 p.m. Byard checked on Clarke before getting some clothes and helping her get dressed. He called and asked the doula to meet them at the hospital.
But then things progressed rapidly.
“I was downstairs getting the car ready, then went back upstairs and she was still having pretty