Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and girlfriend Ashley Moss are expecting their first child during Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz.
Richard Sherman's son could be born sometime during Super Bowl XLIX week.
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Sherman and his girlfriend Ashley Moss are expecting their first child, and he could be born at any time leading up to the big game on Sunday, per NFL.com's Marc Sessler. On him possibly missing Super Bowl XLIX to witness his son's birth, Sherman told Sessler he's confident the timing would be perfect:
"He's not supposed to come Sunday. Obviously that'd 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 gonna do his father his first favor and stay in there for another week or two, but I've thought about the possibility of him coming during the game and coming before the game and we have things in place in case that happens. And, you know, we'll cross the bridge when we get there, but, you know, I obviously did not know it was a topic of national debate, honestly. You know, I'd not like to miss the birth of my first son, my first kid, but, you know, thankfully and hopefully and God-willing we won't have to cross that bridge."
Should Moss go into labor before Super Bowl XLIX, she will do so at a local Arizona hospital, per Sessler. Should this happen, Sherman said,"We'll cross the bridge when we get there. We're not thinking about the possibility."
When ESPN's Terry Blount asked Sherman what his son's name would be, he can only say, "We'll find out if he comes on Sunday."
Sherman said he'll totally support his son should he decide to follow in his father's footsteps and play football when he grows up, per Blount:
"Oh, 100 percent. Football will probably 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- or 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.
"I don't know how social I would have been without football. I wasn't the coolest kid around, but I always had 20 or 30 friends who were teammates and we spent so much time together.
"We never focus on the good things [about football]. There are so many things that can happen in any sport. In [college] basketball a couple of years ago, [Louisville guard Kevin Ware] had his leg [bone] tear out of his skin. Crazy things happen, but a lot of positives come out of playing this game."
His teammate, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, told Blount he's confident Sherman "will be a great father":
"That would be a special birthday. If Richard's son is born on Sunday, I would be so happy for him. I know he would have a great game. I know if I'm Tom [Brady], I'm not throwing his way if [Sherman's] son is born on the same day. Richard will want to make some extra plays for him. Richard will be a great father."
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