Atlanta Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews welcomed a baby boy named Beckett, the first child born to him and his wife, Meggi.

Matthews, who has only missed one game in his entire NFL career, traveled back to Georgia on Thursday morning for his son's birth and then flew back to North Carolina to be on the field by evening for the Falcons' game against the Carolina Panthers.

Matthews woke up to 10 missed calls as Meggi went into labor at 5 a.m. Thursday, according to NBC Sports Boston. The 30-year-old then flew to Gainesville to be with his wife and made it in time for the birth.

"Only you would come on game day baby boy! Here we go!! Let's get dad back for this game!" Meggi wrote on Instagram.

"Baby boy is safely delivered," Meggi shared on Twitter, adding that Matthews "is safely delivered to the plane to Charlotte."

RISE UP @AtlantaFalcons !!!! I did my best Falcons fans," she added.

Matthews flew back to Charlotte on team owner Arthur Blank's private plane and reached the locker room with just over an hour left for kickoff, according to Yardbarker.

Matthews is currently in his ninth NFL season. He was selected sixth overall in the first round of the 2014 Draft by the Falcons out of Texas A&M and has never taken the field for any other NFL team.

He signed a five-year, $75 million contract extension in 2018 to continue his career with Atlanta Falcons. In 2022, Matthews agreed to the terms of a three-year extension deal that includes $52.5 million in new money, according to CBS Sports.

He has a net worth of approximately $1.5 million, according to Famous Birthdays.

In his roughly 8-year NFL career, Matthews has only missed one regular season game, which was in his rookie season in 2014, according to Sports Illustrated. He is seen as one of the entire league's most durable players

Matthews "has now started 137 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL, per @NFLResearch," said a tweet from the official NFL account following the start of the Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers game.

Representational image (American Football)
Representational image (Source: Pixabay / Nomad369)