On Tuesday, Aaron Hernandez celebrated his 23rd birthday.
And he couldn't have received a better gift.
As tweeted by his brother, D.J. Hernandez, a graduate assistant at the University of Miami, the Patriots' do-it-all tight end welcomed the birth of his first child, a baby girl named Avielle Janelle.
Hernandez, who's battling a balky ankle, was excused from practice to be there in the momentous occasion.
It's unclear if Hernandez will suit up Sunday against the Bills. He was held out of the Pats' Week 8 contest in London.
In any case, congratulations are in order to Aaron and his girlfriend for producing one of life's biggest blessings.