The girlfriend of the late Oregon Ducks football player Spencer Webb, Kelly Kay, has given birth to their first child, eight months after he died from an accidental fall.
Kay, originally from Tennessee , shared a series of photos to Instagram, including one of her cradling baby Spider, who was wrapped up in a Oregon Ducks blanket.
'Spider Webb,' she wrote, alongside a spider and web emoji. '3/30/23.' Webb's nickname was Spider.
A second photo showed her late boyfriend's jersey—which read, 'Webb 18'—hung up next to a block letter W with two footballs, while the last post was a photo of the newborn's footprints.
Kay announced she was expecting Webb's first child via Instagram in August - one month after he tragically died during a horrific rock climbing accident - stating that she and Webb 'created an angel before heaven gained one.'
'We created an angel before heaven gained one,' she wrote, alongside a slew of photos that showed her looking up towards the sky while holding up her sonogram photo.
'All you ever wanted was to be a father. I know you'll be the best one from up above.'
Kelly said she 'can't believe' she has to 'do it without him,' but added that 'knowing she'll have a piece of him keeps her going.'
Webb died after falling and striking his head on rock slides at a popular swimming lake near Eugene, Oregon, last July.
The 22-year-old who was expected to play his fifth football season at the University of Oregon last fall was found about 100 yards down a steep trail at Triangle Lake.
A sheriff's spokesperson said Webb was climbing a rocks prior to his fall.
Webb was also a social media star. His TikTok account, where he often posted about his life and athletic achievements, had more than 550,000 followers.
During his four seasons at Oregon, Webb recorded 31 receptions, 296 yards, and four touchdowns. His first career touchdown was arguably his most famous play, a 20-yard catch over a defender on a ball thrown by Justin Herbert in the 2019 season opener against Auburn.
The player nicknamed 'Spider' was a consensus four-star out of Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento; a top 10 tight end and top 300 prospects by ESPN, Rivals, and 247Sports; and the No. 1 tight end in California by ESPN and 247Sports in 2018, The Register-Guard reported.
Multiple Oregon coaches and players acknowledged Webb's death on social media Wednesday night.
'So full of life in every moment of the day,' Oregon football coach Dan Lanning tweeted. 'Your smile and energy will be missed Spencer. I love you!'
Like his late grandfather, Donald 'Spido' Webb, Spencer was a multi-sport athlete. He was invited by Oregon men's basketball coach Dana Altman to the team at least as a practice player in when the Ducks were depleted by injury during the 2018-19 season, but didn't end up joining the team, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
Webb is survived by his older brother, Cody, who became Spencer's legal guardian 10 years ago, sister-in-law, Alicia, aunt and uncle, who all helped raise him.
In a tragic coincidence, Webb's death came 14 years to the day after Oregon redshirt freshman football player Todd Doxey drowned during an inner-tube trip with teammates down the McKenzie River.
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