Trigger warning: This article talks about infant death.
For most of us, losing a child is simply inconceivable, no matter what age of the little one - whether it's an older child, a newborn, or even one that has yet to be born. Sadly, many of us have endured this heartbreaking reality - the latest being New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod and his family.
Bushrod shared the tragic news of his newborn daughter Jordyn's passing via his Twitter account on Saturday, just two short days after her death.
My heart has been broken. My baby girl Jordyn Lynn Bushrod passed away Thursday October 18th. She was only here for a week but we were ready to love her unconditionally. We will get through this with faith, family and friends. Thanks for prayers and support pic.twitter.com/VZjoc7vXZe— Jermon Bushrod (@j_bushrod7475) October 20, 2018
Little Jordyn died only one week after she was born due to undisclosed circumstances, however, Bushrod did make mention of some complications via his Instagram account when he posted a touching tribute to his daughter this past Sunday.
"We knew there was issues before birth, but we were ready for your journey," he wrote. "We were not expecting or ready for this."
Bushrod, 34, a left tackle, along with his team won the Super Bowl at the end of the 2009 season. Following that, he played for the Chicago Bears and the Miami Dolphins and eventually re-signed with New Orleans to play this 2018-2019 season. Bushrod and his wife Jessica were married in 2013 and have two older children, a son and a daughter.
Upon the news of Jordyn's passing, the family received an outpouring of support on social media, especially from fellow players and teammates. To date, there have been over 2,000 comments full of kind words and prayers from not only fellow athletes and friends but also complete strangers.
Ben Watson, tight end for the Saints took to Twitter on October 20 to show his support for his teammate and friend.
"We are with you. We love you. We are praying for you and mourning with you as best we know how," he wrote. "May God provide divine comfort to your entire family during this time and the days and years to come."
Zach Line, another player for the Saints, wrote a simple message of love to his friend via his Twitter account, writing, "Love you man," in response to Bushrod's somber announcement. Even non-teammates were unafraid to show their support and grief. LA Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth tweeted, "Prayers for you and your family brother! Praying love is wrapped around your family," and in a direct response to Bushrod's tweet, senior writer for the Saints' official website, John DeShazier, said, "God be with you and your family."
In the wake of his family's tragedy, Bushrod did not play against Baltimore on Sunday, but he did practice with the team ahead of time.