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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is on baby watch. We’ve all been there and as a father it is more stressful than moms-to-be realize (Yes, you may have the harder job; but the insults and everything else that come along with it? Sheesh!). The Superbowl is coming up this Sunday in Tempe, AZ and Sherman is an integral cog in the Seahawk defense that propelled them there in the first place. Sherman’s girlfriend could go into labor at any moment…including right before the game.

What should Richard Sherman do?

So far, he hasn’t stated whether or not he would miss the game to be there for his significant other and the birth of his first child. Sherman’s girl is in Tempe and if she were to give birth it would be at a nearby hospital. It’s Friday and there have been no reports of labor just yet; so this could come down to a newborn son on Sunday. Labor is a process. So let’s just say his girlfriend’s water broke or began to have contractions every five minutes and/or her cervix is four centimeters dilated so the doctors are going to keep her (Clearly I’ve been through this) this afternoon. The baby probably will not have taken his first breath until Saturday morning the earliest and he’d be in the clear for game day.

The truth is that while there is a good chance that Richard Sherman could miss the birth of his son he has plenty of time. Yes, on Saturday and Sunday there will be meetings, film sessions, and other forms of preparation; but I am sure that he and his coach, Pete Carol have something already worked out.

Being an athlete is his job; so I don’t think that he should miss the Superbowl. There’s too much riding on it that is much bigger than Richard Sherman. I know that may sound a little rash; but it’s the truth. The outcome of the game has billions of dollars invested into it between marketing, advertising, the NFL–the organization he works for, as well has vendors/small business owners all over especially in the state of Washington. If it was the regular season, I’d think it’s alright if he missed the game. The playoffs? He should play as well; but there would be a smidgen of reasonable doubt. The culmination of the last year of work and be one of few teams to win back-to-back Superbowls? Once in a lifetime.

However, it’s also once in a lifetime that you become a father. There’s just a difference in how we see the world that changes everything. We don’t have the same connection to our child because they’re not living in us. Therefore, seeing that baby for the first time is the moment. While it may be a fairly gruesome sight to see something you love so dearly expand to the point of beyond recognition, a head peaking out of it, and maybe some tearing as it is a beautiful moment. When my daughter was born-granted things happened so quickly there wasn’t time to process-the first thought was “Holy sh*t that’s the kid and she’s mine[?]!” No matter how many children you have you only become a parent once and it is one of the best feelings in the world.

It’s a tough call; but at this point it’s all hypothetical. Richard Sherman could luck out, win the game, and his girl not have gone into labor yet. I’m pretty sure that’s what they both want.

“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.”

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