Eskimos' Thompson a new dad

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

While the Edmonton Eskimos were on their bye week, new dad Chris Thompson said "hello" to his baby girl.

The defensive back's wife, Sherrica, gave birth to the couple's first child on Friday night.

Cailyn McKinly Thompson measured in at 19.5 inches and weighed six pounds, 12 oz.

The best part is, Thompson was able to be back home in New Orleans when it happened.

"I was there," said Thompson, who leads the CFL with five interceptions on the season. "I had my first kid on Friday, my first little girl. It was a great feeling, just being there and seeing her come into this world.

"It's something I can't explain -- life-changing."

Of course, that made it extra hard to say goodbye as he returned to Edmonton for practice on Wednesday after coaches granted him two extra days off.

"It was real tough, I had crocodile tears coming back," said Thompson. "My wife had a C-section, so I was able to make sure that they got home safe and got settled in. So coach gave me a couple extra days off. I appreciate him for that."

If anything, it's given Thompson new incentive to get back to work.

"She's got to eat," he said. "I've been in hospitals from Thursday to Monday, all weekend. I didn't mind being in there. I could have easily been away from the house, been out here. But I was able to be there. I was so happy, I was elated.

"As soon as I leave here, I'm going on the webcam to see her."

With a new lease on life back home, Thompson is hoping to have the same thing happen with the rest of the Eskimos season.

"At the bye week, guys went home and just re-evaluated their situations," Thompson said. "In my first day (back) at practice, I liked guys' attitudes. Guys were flying around, seem up-tempo, positive attitudes. It's going to help a lot in these next few weeks."


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