Sprint to Broncos' locker room, police escort to the airport: Shelby Harris' race to see the birth of his son

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The I’ll-remember-it-forever day officially began at 7 a.m. Pacific Standard Time when defensive end Shelby Harris was unceremoniously yanked from sleep by a fist pounding on his hotel room door in greater Los Angeles.

Ray Jackson, the Denver Broncos‘ director of player development and the guy players and their families often call, started Harris’ Sunday by rattling his room door until Harris answered. Then Jackson delivered the news: Harris’ wife, Stephanie, was going into labor with the couple’s fourth child.

The Harrises knew the timing of the birth could get interesting, that it would be close if Harris made the trip with the Broncos to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. But the couple, after talking with each other and their doctor, had decided it all could work.

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— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 29, 2020

But then …

“I get woken up at 7 in the morning by Ray … banging on my door. I guess my wife had been calling me — I guess I was knocked out,” Harris said. “She called him, her water broke, so I got on the phone with her

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