In true Alabama fan fashion, Penn Bray was born to parents Bert and Jennifer Bray at 6:46 p.m. on Jan. 10, arriving just in time to see the Crimson Tide take the field for the College Football National Championship game.

When Jennifer’s doctor, Dr. Melvin Thornbury, came into her room around 6:20 Monday night and determined she was ready to deliver, he looked at the clock and jokingly asked if she wanted to try to “get this over with” before the game began. The mom-to-be agreed without hesitation:

“Because I wanted to meet my baby, of course, not because of the game,” Jennifer laughed. “But it did seem that Penn had impeccable timing.”

Since the game started a few minutes late, the Brays – who both graduated from the University of Alabama – were able to hold their new baby in their arms right at kickoff. Thanks to COVID policies at Marshall Medical Center South, where Penn was delivered, they weren’t allowed any visitors.

“We got to relax with our baby boy and watch the National Championship game,” Jennifer said. “We were so thrilled about holding our baby that not even that game could ruin our mood!”

The baby, whose full name is Maury Bert Bray V, goes by Penn, which is fittingly short for “penta,” meaning “five.” He came two-and-a-half weeks early and weighed in at 8 lbs. and 14 oz.

The Brays are also parents to four-year-old daughter, Hattie. Mom and baby are back at home and doing well.

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