When his son Austin was born on Monday, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr wasn't able to be there in person, so he turned to Apple's FaceTime video chat as the next-best option.
Carr landed with his team in Los Angeles, Calif., on Monday, only to learn that his fiancee was in labor, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. As he rushed back to the airport to fly home to his partner in Dallas, Austin was born.
But the 27-year-old football star said he was able to witness the birth of his first son as it happened, and be there virtually for his significant other, thanks to Apple's FaceTime via his iPhone.
"I saw everything I needed to see," he said. "I saw it all. Technology is wonderful these days. Sometimes you can't control what's going to happen. You've just got to go with the flow. I made the most of it."
The Cowboys cornerback spent two days away from the team with his wife and newborn son in Dallas. Thursday, he returned to practice with the Cowboys, who are gearing up for the National Football League's preseason.
In 2012, Carr signed one of the biggest contracts in the league for a cornerback, agreeing to a five-year, $50.1 million deal with the Cowboys. Last year, he recorded 53 tackles and 3 interceptions.
Just this week, Apple introduced a new advertisement touting the fact that "everyday, more people connect face-to-face on the iPhone than any other phone." The minute-long television spot shows people using the video chat feature in a number of unique ways, including blowing a kiss, communicating via sign language, or sending live video from a remote location.