The year 2021 has already been a big one for Washington running back Antonio Gibson, and the regular season hasn’t even started yet.
Gibson became a father in May, introducing the second-year pro to a whole new world of baby bottles and sleepless nights. His daughter joined his family in the stands for Washington’s preseason home opener Friday against the Cincinnati Bengals, the first time both she and the rest of Gibson’s family was able to watch him play in an NFL game in person.
“Loving it, just hoping she can grow up around the game,” Gibson said in a postgame interview with NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay. “I’m hoping to stay around for a couple years so [when] she gets to talking she can actually know what’s going on around.”
Gibson stands alone as the top running back on Washington’s depth chart after racking up 1,042 yards from scrimmage as a rookie last season with 11 touchdowns. The birth of his daughter has already made 2021 a big year for Gibson, but he’ll have the chance to make it even more special by building off his rookie season once the real games begin.