Seattle Seahawks fans probably won’t like the latest rumors surrounding the Super Bowl — the happiest day of Richard Sherman’s life might be the most frustrating day of theirs.
The cornerback hinted on Thursday that he might miss the Super Bowl for the birth of his son. Sherman’s girlfriend isn’t due until after the big game, but the chance that she could go into labor on Super Bowl Sunday has Sherman unsure of what he would do.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Sherman said. “We’re not thinking about the possibility.”
Sherman had his hopes high that the young man would wait until after the biggest game the Seattle Seahawks have played since last year’s Super Bowl.
“He’s not supposed to come on Sunday,” Sherman said during his final pre-Super Bowl press conference at the Arizona Grand Hotel. “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 another week or two.”
But Richard Sherman and his girlfriend are taking no chances. She has traveled to Arizona for him but has arrangements with a local hospital if she goes into labor.
The Seattle Seahawks might actually have an advantage in Sherman’s situation. The cornerback said the impending birth of his child has given him extra motivation.
“It’s someone that actually depends on you for everyday living,” he said. “Everything they do is dependent on you and how you provide and how successful you are. As a parent, you want to set a great example for them, so I guess, to a degree, a lot of things are riding on it.”
Other athletes have chosen playing over witnessing their birth of their children. In the 2013 season, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco decided to play in a game against Cleveland instead of being with his wife as she gave birth to their second son.
But some have decided to skip out on important contests, as the rumors regarding the Seattle Seahawks and Richard Sherman would imply. In 2013, PGA golfer Hunter Mahan left the Canadian Open for the birth of his first child. Mahan was leading by two strokes at the time and gave up a chance to win $1 million in prize money by leaving
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