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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.

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34 Responses to “Eric Ebron won’t miss a game for the birth of his son”
  1. mazenblue says: May 17, 2017 7:16 PM

    He will have a good chance of dropping him tho so make sure to be seated when catching this one dad

  2. waynefontesismyfather says: May 17, 2017 7:17 PM

    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.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 17, 2017 7:21 PM

    That game wouldn’t have missed Eric Ebron much, either.

  4. vikingf0rlife says: May 17, 2017 7:51 PM

    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.

  5. detroitsportsfan11 says: May 17, 2017 7:54 PM

    Wayne Fonte doesn’t have any kids that delusional.

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

  6. cardsfann1 says: May 17, 2017 8:07 PM

    He will be hurt by then anyways. Will not matter if he is at the game.

  7. noose18 says: May 17, 2017 8:16 PM

    Ebron is developing into a fine player, and I expect into a fine man as well. We need you this season EE, and congrats!

  8. greg3117 says: May 17, 2017 8:22 PM

    Dude, it’s only football compared to the birth of your son. Give it a rest, attend the birth.

  9. rukiddingme2014 says: May 17, 2017 8:28 PM

    I’m sure he will be missing the game due to another injury anyway.

  10. maust1013 says: May 17, 2017 8:35 PM

    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.

  11. atljetsfan says: May 17, 2017 8:48 PM

    Damn y’all cold lol But he does be dropping some very simple passes

  12. Bonerz'NPudz says: May 17, 2017 8:49 PM

    Typical

  13. 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

  14. detroitexpatriate says: May 17, 2017 9:30 PM

    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.

  15. flipola says: May 17, 2017 9:53 PM

    Even if they’re 0-6 at that point?

  16. kevpft says: May 17, 2017 10:37 PM

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

  17. seanx40 says: May 17, 2017 10:38 PM

    He should go. His career is nearly over. What is one more game that the Lions are going to get killed at matter?

  18. nhpats says: May 17, 2017 10:56 PM

    What kind of loser would willingly miss the birth of his child?

  19. tomhipps says: May 17, 2017 11:16 PM

    “…his GIRLFRIEND is expecting their first baby…”

    That’s all I need to hear.

  20. gonakgod says: May 18, 2017 12:20 AM

    No big deal IMO. It’s just his girlfriend, not his wife or anything.

  21. bvolke says: May 18, 2017 12:21 AM

    Another athlete having kids with a “girlfriend.”

  22. handsofsteelheartofstone says: May 18, 2017 5:58 AM

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

  23. rukiddingme2014 says: May 18, 2017 6:07 AM

    First time I’ve heard him speak without telling everyone how great he is….

  24. abninf says: May 18, 2017 8:25 AM

    “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.

  25. 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.

  26. nyneal says: May 18, 2017 9:39 AM

    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.

    ______________________________________

    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.

  27. richc111 says: May 18, 2017 9:57 AM

    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.

  28. maust1013 says: May 18, 2017 10:27 AM

    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
    ======================

    Of course the fathers had to wait outside back then, somebody had to defend the cave from the sabre tooth tigers

  29. peggypost says: May 18, 2017 10:48 AM

    uhhhhh ok..

  30. mcmccii says: May 18, 2017 11:04 AM

    Missing a landmark of your life for a stupid game.
    This one will be a regret.
    Family is everything. Work can wait.

  31. lordliftedme says: May 18, 2017 11:07 AM

    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.

  32. jonwill57 says: May 18, 2017 11:08 AM

    If he misses the game, does he miss a game check?

  33. gjn804 says: May 18, 2017 11:29 AM

    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.

  34. laserw says: May 18, 2017 1:27 PM

    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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