Congratulations to Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, who became a dad earlier this July.
Ponder named his newborn baby girl Bowden Sainte-Claire after his Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, one of the most legendary coaches in college football. Ponder played under Bowden from 2006 to 2009 and he retired after Ponder's junior season. Sainte-Claire is the same middle name as her mother, Samantha Ponder.
Not many people knew Ponder and his ESPN college football and basketball sideline reporter wife were expecting. According to ESPN, Ponder surprised his coach with a phone call about his new namesake.
Bowden also coached Ponder's father back in the early 80s.