Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman could have a Super Bowl Baby

By Cheri Cheng - 30 Jan '15 09:33AM
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Richard Sherman will have more than Super Bowl XLIX on his mind this Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback revealed that he and his pregnant girlfriend, Ashley Moss are expecting their first child together very soon.

Sherman hinted that he might skip the Super Bowl completely if Moss goes into labor on Sunday. However, he did not go into details about his plan if that does happen.

"I've thought about the possibility of him coming during the game or before the game, and we have things in place in case that happens," Sherman said. "We'll cross that bridge when we get there."

Moss reportedly traveled to Arizona with Sherman and has already made arrangements at a local hospital. Since Moss' due date was estimated to be on February 12, Sherman is counting on his baby to stay in the womb a little bit longer.

"He's not supposed to come on Sunday," Sherman said Thursday during his final pre-Super Bowl press conference held at the Arizona Grand Hotel reported by ESPN.com. "Obviously that would change some things, but I think he's going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game. He's going to do his father his first favor and stay in there for another week or two."

The topic regarding athletes and their decisions when it comes to attending the birth of a child or playing in a game has been debated over the years. If the baby comes on Sunday and Sherman chooses to go to the hospital over the Super Bowl, he could expect a lot of criticism, especially if the Seahawks lose. His teammates, however, have been supportive and urge him to choose family first if he has to.

"I know the world will be on his back if he doesn't come to the game," said Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. "But I think Sherm will make the right decision. It's only once in a lifetime you get to see your kid born, but it's only once in a lifetime you get to the Super Bowl. It's a hard decision."

Linebacker K.J. Wright added that the team will be "OK...family's got to come first."

During the press conference, one reporter asked Sherman if his son will play football. He replied:

""Oh, 100 percent. Football probably will be the first or second sport he plays. People talk about the negative aspects of football, but there also are a lot of positives you learn as a kid. I don't know many 7- and 8-year-olds in Pop Warner are running into each other full speed and getting concussions. Kids aren't brave enough at that age.

But football teaches you discipline and helps you develop a sense of leadership and courage and camaraderie with your friends and teammates. It shows you how to work with a group and how to depend on one another, how to trust someone to do their jobs and how to be dependable in your job. These are things you learn that are essential throughout your life."

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