July 16 was one of the greatest days in Dont'a Hightower's life as he and his fiancée, Morgan Hart, gave birth to a son named Grayson.
Hightower drew on another great day in his life, Super Bowl LI against the Falcons when the Patriots came back from 28-3 to win in overtime, to help Hart get through a 17-hour labor.
In a Boston Globe story written by Stan Grossfeld, Hightower chanted, "28-3, 28-3. ... Never give up."
“It was surreal,” Hart said. “It was a long night and a long day, and he kept reminding me, ‘28-3, 28-3,′ meaning you can be behind and come back. Never, never give up. Dont’a is a motivator and always has been. ’28-3′ is about what you can do as a team, and in this case, it was the two of us as a team. He kind of renewed my spirit that he was in this with me, and if I wavered at all, he was here to pick me back up. He got me through it, for sure.”
Apparently, Hightower uses the reference all the time.
The Patriots linebacker has opted out of the 2020 season and plans on going back to Tennessee, which is where he grew up.
“Not knowing too much about the COVID thing, I don’t want to jeopardize the health of my family,” he said. “I understand you can still catch it by going to the grocery store, but I’m not going to put my family’s health at risk for money. It’s family first. I want to take all the opportunity that I can to be a great father.”
Hightower has won three Super Bowls during his career.