Mike Daniels and his wife welcomed their second son early Saturday before the second-year defensive lineman joined the team for Packers Family Night. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
There was no question Saturday was "Family Night" in every sense of the word for sleepless father-of-two Mike Daniels.
In a matter of 24 hours, the Green Bay Packers’ second-year defensive lineman and his fiancee celebrated their son’s second birthday, welcomed another child into the world and wrapped the day by playing the game he loves in front of more than 67,000 people at Lambeau Field.
By the time it was over, it’s safe to say it was one for the memory bank.
“It was awesome. I got to do the two great things I love – be with my kids and play football. You can’t get any better than that,” Daniels said.
It started around midnight Friday when Daniels, stationed at the team dorms on the campus of St. Norbert College, received word his fiancée was giving birth to the couple’s second child.
Daniels never slept, spending the next seven hours at the hospital before a son, Kaydence, arrived in time to share a birthday with his big brother, Michael III, who turned 2 years old on Saturday.
According to Daniels, he comes from a line of anomalies as his mom and her twin sister happen to share a birthday with his older brother.
It was all capped during Saturday’s Family Night intra-squad scrimmage when Daniels put an exclamation point on what’s been an impressive showing thus far for the 2012 fourth-round draft pick.
Tenacious during one-on-one work this week, Daniels has positioned himself early on for an expanded rotational role on defense, buoyed with an infectious enthusiasm and outspoken temperament.
Running on “fumes,” however, Daniels was toned down inside the locker room and readying himself for another visit to the hospital.
“I’m all right. It’s football. I’ve been playing this game my whole life. I could do it in my sleep, which I kind of did today,” Daniels quipped.
So will he get some sleep now with the team having an off day on Sunday?
“I might. I’m not sure. I might be kissing my son too much to get any sleep,” Daniels said. “I’m too excited, very happy. It truly is a blessing and I’m looking forward to getting back to the hospital and seeing them.”
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