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Doctors said the baby would be big. No one expected THIS big.

Arthur Keisler and wife, Cindy Richmond, with their newborn son, Colin Austin Keisler. Colin was born at Lexington, S.C., Medical Center weighing 14.04 pounds.
Arthur Keisler and wife, Cindy Richmond, with their newborn son, Colin Austin Keisler. Colin was born at Lexington, S.C., Medical Center weighing 14.04 pounds. tdominick@thestate.com

Arthur Keisler’s predictions of where his newborn son will play college and pro football were no idle boasts this week.

Cindy Richmond, after all, gave birth on Friday to a 14.04-pound boy at Lexington, S.C., Medical Center – about double the size of a typical newborn.

On Monday, Colin slept while his parents faced the bright lights of photographers and media interviews, The (Columbia) State reported. He left later Monday to join a brother and sister at home near Lexington, according to the newspaper. Lexington is about 15 miles west of Columbia.

“It was almost like you knew he was an instant celebrity,” Arthur Keisler told the media throng.

Colin apparently is the largest baby ever born at the 46-year-old hospital and probably among the biggest in South Carolina, The State reported.

The heaviest baby to survive through infancy was a boy weighing 22 pounds, 8 ounces born in Aversa, Italy, in 1955, according to Guinness World Records.

Doctors told the S.C. couple their soon-to-be newborn was going to be heavier than most babies, but nobody expected him to be this big when he arrived by Caesarean section, according to The State.

“It was an ‘Oh my God’ moment,” Richmond, 37, told reporters.

Neither parent knows the basis of their son’s size. Keisler is an adoptee who doesn’t know anything about his biological parents’ families while Richmond said her parents are slim, The State reported.

The only problems during her pregnancy were “pressure and a lot of sleepless nights,” Richmond said. She is taking a three-month maternity leave from her job to rest and bond with her son.

As for the teams Colin will someday play for?

Clemson and the Green Bay Packers, dad said. “Cross your fingers,” he told The State. “We are Tigers through and through.”

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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