Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his wife, Tiffany, have six children. Their seventh baby is due to be born at any time.
But Rivers and his team have traveled to Jacksonville for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. That’s where Rivers is staying, even if the baby comes.
“Once in Jacksonville, I’m in Jacksonville,” Rivers said this week, via 10news.com.
So what will he do if the baby comes on Sunday?
“Facetime, I reckon,” Rivers said.
Rivers would be the second quarterback this year to miss the birth of a child; in Week Two, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco remained with his team as his wife was giving birth to their second child.
The decision is one that only the player and his family can make. Some players have said they’ll miss a game if the baby comes; others have said they won’t. There’s no right or wrong on this intensely personal decision, given that NFL teams play only 16 games per season.
In this case, once Rivers made the trip from California to Florida, the decision essentially was made. Barring a long seventh labor, the chances of Rivers making it back in time would be slim.