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Lang becomes a dad

Aug 05, 2011 -- 3:48pm

GREEN BAY – T.J. Lang’s first full day of fatherhood started with a good-natured prank inside the Green Bay Packers locker room, courtesy of fellow offensive lineman Josh Sitton.

Lang, who missed Thursday’s practice for the birth of his son, John Joseph Lang, in Detroit, arrived to find his locker covered with wrapping paper and roughly 30 balloons inside to celebrate the arrival of his baby boy.

Except the wrapping paper and balloons were pink.

“These guys are a bunch of jokers,” Lang said, shaking his head. He figured the culprit had to be Sitton, because “he’s usually the head of all the circus acts around here.”

Lang’s girlfriend, Laura Ford, and baby John were happy and healthy at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Mich., Lang said.

Lang, who is competing for the starting left guard spot with rookie first-round pick Derek Sherrod, left Green Bay Thursday morning at 6 o‘clock after Laura went into labor. John, who arrived at 8 pounds, 10 ounces and 30 inches long, wasn’t born until 8:34 p.m.

““He’s a pretty big boy. Looks like he’s going to be a football player,” Lang said.

“It was awesome yesterday. It was a long, stressful day. When that baby came out, it was special. Kind of hard to come back but that’s the name of the business. You’ve got to come back and get ready for work.”

But first, Lang had to figure out what to do with Sitton’s gift, asking himself as reporters dispersed, “What am I supposed to do with all these pink balloons?” 

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