IOWA CITY, Iowa — The best part of Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard’s bowl experience came this week and it had nothing to do with football.
He held his daughter for the first time.
“It was incredible,” Beathard said. “It was one of the best moments of my life getting to see your own daughter.”
Madelyn Chupka and Beathard welcomed their daughter Lyla into the world this week. Beathard spent part of his media availability on Thursday talking about life as a new father.
“I am excited to see her every chance I can,” Beathard said.
He may be the only new father in Iowa getting a full night’s rest. Mother and daughter are in Davenport, but Beathard needs to be in Iowa City because of early morning football practices and meetings in advance of the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2 (1 p.m. ET, ABC).
“Haven’t been the one having to get up with her in the middle of the night, which is nice,” Beathard said.
He is already dreading having to leave for the bowl game because it mean less daddy-daughter time.
“I will miss her for sure,” Beathard said, “but that’s a business trip and that’s part of life. When you have kids football is your life, but it’s a great opportunity for us.”
The Hawkeyes will be looking for their ninth win when facing No. 17 Florida. After the game, Beathard, a senior, will start preparing for the NFL draft. Now, playing pro football isn’t just a chance to live out his dream. It’s a way to help him start saving for a college fund.
“You got to do what you can to support her,” Beathard said. “That definitely gives you an extra little bit of motivation