Eric Ebron won’t miss a game for the birth of his son

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The topic of NFL players missing games for the birth of a child has been controversial for decades, at least since the Houston Oilers threatened to fine and suspend offensive lineman David Williams for missing a game after the birth of his first child in 1993. In the opinion of Lions tight end Eric Ebron, a football player has to play football.

Ebron told the Detroit Free Press his girlfriend is expecting their first baby, with a due date of October 28, the day before the Lions play the Steelers.

“He better come on the bye week ’cause I told her I’m not missing that Steelers game,” Ebron said. “She can hang that up.”

Ebron said having a son on the way makes him more motivated than ever.

“It’s just different,” he said. “It just makes you look at a lot of things a lot differently. The way you go about every day, the way you spend your money. It counts for everything in life so it just puts a lot of things into perspective and some of things like this, like playing football, what you’re playing for now, it changes that and pretty much your attitude toward attacking every day and things like that. It’s more motivation than it is pressure for me.”

With some luck, he’ll be there both for the birth of his son and on the field.

34 responses to “Eric Ebron won’t miss a game for the birth of his son

  1. Great. Just what we need, him distracted by an impending birth making him more distracted than usual. Mr. Hands-of-Stone won’t merely drop three passes a game, it will be up to six per game.

    Should have kept it in your pants pal.

  2. He will be benched after he drops easy five yard flat passes from side arm stafford. Ebron has an ego bigger than anyone in the NFCN and is also among the biggest 1st rd busts in the past decade.

  3. Wayne Fonte doesn’t have any kids that delusional.

    He also has the only Lions playoff win in sixty years.

  4. There may only be 16 games in a season but odds are good there are a heck of a lot of fewer times you will have a child. Unless of course you are Antonio Cromartie.

  5. The game is in Detroit the hospital is 5 mins from the stadium, he could be there and back during a Steelers 8 minute, 95-yard drive.

  6. What a moron. Having a child makes him think differently about spending money, but it’s not important enough to show up for. Brilliant.

  7. If you chose a football game over the birth of a child, you are a scumbag and should be publicly set on fire. Period.

  8. “Eric Ebron won’t miss a game for the birth of his son”

    And then…

    “He better come on the bye week ’cause I told her I’m not missing that Steelers game,” Ebron said.

    The title is incorrect.

  9. How dare football players have babies without checking with the team schedule first? Don’t these guys know they should only be sleeping with women in June and July, so that kids can be born in March and April, so they don’t miss any team activities? Why do these guys have no sense of priority?

    *Sarcasm off”

    Screw the 1993 Oilers, and screw any team that puts any barrier whatsoever between a player and the birth of his child. Be there for the birth, Eric.

  10. jgedgar70 says:
    May 18, 2017 9:08 AM
    How dare football players have babies without checking with the team schedule first? Don’t these guys know they should only be sleeping with women in June and July, so that kids can be born in March and April, so they don’t miss any team activities? Why do these guys have no sense of priority?

    *Sarcasm off”

    Screw the 1993 Oilers, and screw any team that puts any barrier whatsoever between a player and the birth of his child. Be there for the birth, Eric.

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    My wife had our son at 9:41 at night and I had to go work my midnight to eight shift right afterward. If I can do it, so can Eric Ebron. And I give him credit for realizing that.
    These guys make millions of dollars and the schedule is 16 games. It’s not like baseball or basketball where you have many more games. As long as there is no special situation where doctors tell him he needs to be there, I see no reason why he has to be.

  11. I give him credit for coming out and being on the other side of the politically correct. Especially in the NFL there are always someone wanting to take your job and even the slightest edge can be enough. You know who are worse are the guys that say they are not going to miss a game because of the birth of a child and the media congratulating them on being up standing fathers while they are on the phone scheduling a c section for a Tuesday.

  12. charger383 says:
    May 17, 2017 9:06 PM
    my father didn’t get off for my birth but he was there when the shift was done. back then the father had to wait outside
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    Of course the fathers had to wait outside back then, somebody had to defend the cave from the sabre tooth tigers

  13. Wow. Spoken like a true, deadbeat/loser! I’m sure his girlfriend is so happy to hear his callous attitude. But then again, money is the most effective deodorant.

  14. As someone who just witnessed the birth of their first child 3 weeks ago – I would recommend you rethink the decision. It’s definitely a moment in life I will forever cherish.

  15. At least this guy is consistent – he hasn’t married the mother of his child and treats his 2 minute warning experience the same way.

    Classy dude.

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