NASHVILLE — In 2014, a New York Times data project revealed that Vanderbilt holds a razor-thin lead over Tennessee in Music City allegiance. Monday, that gap might close when Nancy Adams, 30, and Jeffery Steele, 31, welcome their Volunteers-themed triplets at Nashville hospital.
“Boy A” will be named Knox because the father was born in Knoxville. “Boy B” will be named Neyland, after the Volunteers’ legendary Neyland Stadium. “Girl C” will be named Tennessee Grace; the first name the same as her great-grandmother’s, and the middle name a sweet complement to her 9-year-old twin sisters, whose middle names are Hope and Faith.
The mother, Adams, has been in the hospital since late June due to precautions related to blood pressure. According to her fiancé, Steele, all three babies are “extremely healthy” and “kicking.” Adams is scheduled for a Caesarean section on Monday to deliver the newborns.
She grew up a Vanderbilt fan, but agreed to wear orange-and-white checkerboard tights during a pregnancy photo shoot.
Her mother-in-law, Sherri Steele, convinced her to do it.
“If we’re gonna name the girl Tennessee,” Sherri said, “let’s stick with the theme.”
The couple lives in Pleasant View, Tenn., just outside of Nashville. Steele — who grew up watching Vols games with his family and has spent numerous Saturdays at Neyland Stadium — has a Tennessee-themed bar in the house that serves as a game-day gathering place for friends and family.
On Sept. 4, everyone will be crowded around the TV for Tennessee-Georgia Tech.
“It’s gonna be a little different this year,” he said. “We’re gonna have our hands full. There’s going to be some unwanted cheering from the triplets.”
Sherri Steele provided SEC Country with a handful of photos, including the outfits the triplets are expected to wear on Monday:
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