Richard Sherman won’t say if he’ll miss Super Bowl for son’s birth

AP

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and his girlfriend are expecting a baby soon, and Sherman isn’t saying if he’d miss the Super Bowl if the baby comes on Sunday.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Sherman said, via ESPN. “We’re not thinking about the possibility.”

Sherman’s girlfriend, Ashley Moss, is in Arizona and will give birth at a local hospital if she goes into labor in the next five days.

Having a son on the way put Sherman in a contemplative mood.

“It’s someone that actually depends on you for everyday living,” Sherman said. “Everything they do is dependent on you and how you provide and how successful you are.”

Some NFL players have missed games for the births of their children, and some NFL players have missed the births of their children for games. But we’ve never heard of a player grappling with that decision before the Super Bowl. It’s a decision Sherman hopes he doesn’t have to make.

119 responses to “Richard Sherman won’t say if he’ll miss Super Bowl for son’s birth

  1. 9 times out of 10 he plays in the Superbowl , but knowing the NFL , he will get fined for skipping the media after the game. Having a newborn does not void your obligation to talk to the media in the “No Fun League”.

  2. Pretty cool that his GF is in AZ for the birth if need be. It will be one of those have the baby, go right to the game with no sleep and have an MVP performance. IF she has the baby in AZ.

  3. patswinyoucry says:
    Jan 29, 2015 11:48 AM

    Tom Brady is God.
    ———————————-

    So you’re saying that God is a cheater?

  4. He should at least be there to see his kids birth, since he’ll probably miss his first day at school, junior high, and highschool.

  5. I’m a Seahawks fan, but I would be okay with him missing the game for the birth of his son. I might even admire him for him.

  6. He can always have another kid…..

    ” The best thing about kids…is making them ” – Antonio Cromartie , Rodney Dangerfield, Adrian Peterson

  7. Am I the only person who actually really likes this guy?

    From the hood to Stanford, is incredibly well spoken, does a lot of charity work, is allegedly considering missing a Super Bowl for his son’s birth…

    It’s great to see a player that can be a little bit of an animal on the field acting as a model citizen off of it.

  8. He won’t miss the game… If it some how happens though that the baby comes that day… He would forever regret not being at the hospital… I can say that much

  9. He’ll play. Sherman has plenty of time to be a great dad. You only get so many opportunities to play in the Superbowl. If his girlfriend is okay with him missing the birth then that’s all that matters. It’s not as though the baby will remember it.

  10. He can’t win no matter what he says. If he misses the game to witness the birth, he is a selfish teammate. If he plays during the childbirth, he is a poor example for a father. He is just playing it smart. I have always despised this guy – just a bit less than Terrell Suggs, – but Sherman is starting to come across as intelligent and not quite as crazy.

  11. I’ll replace Sherman at the hospital for a fee of $5,000 bucks.

    I’ll replace Sherman on the field for the fee of my medical bill and 2 game checks.

  12. so, i don’t know if a lot of packer fans are still on this board, but to quote all of you from january “what time are the vikings bears lions etc playing”? aaron, are you going to smoke new england? you said gb was the better team than the seahawks, so i assume you must be playing?

  13. Yeah, really noble. If he actually does miss the game for this, it practically guarantees that the Pats will win (they likely will anyway).

    He should just name his son “Brady” if that happens.

  14. Does anyone seriously have any doubts about the decision he’d make if his hand were forced?

  15. Tom Brady got Sherman’s wife pregnant nine months ago just for this reason. Just so he will miss the Super Bowl! Wait until the baby is born and it looks exactly like Tommy Terrific! Cheaters!

  16. I wonder if Dr Belichick will be attempting to induce the child some time on Sunday afternoon? That would make deflategate seem pretty insignificant!

  17. Anything to get attention is all Sherman cares about. He has branded himself as the good guy with a rough streak on the field. He is just enjoying his 15 minutes. Kids should not look up to this blowhard.

  18. It’s a cover up and an excuse. He most likely tore some muscle or tendons in his elbow against Green Bay and is using this as an excuse.

    Best excuse I’ve heard all year though……I’ll give him that.

  19. Sherman’ s mouth and ego would never allow him to miss the SB, not even for a death in the family.

  20. Why do you print such stupid stuff? This is keeping the world in such suspense…will he or won’t he?

  21. If Sherman doesn’t go to the Superbowl because his son/daughter is being born that day, I will have a lot more respect for the man.

    He’s obviously talented, but I don’t like his attitude and I can only assume that his attitude is a reflection of his character. I expect him to play..but if that is not the case, I will be surprised and impressed enough to open my mind and undo the way I have already judged him based on his words and behavior.

  22. BB is in control of her labour process……
    we will label this as “infant-gate”
    (read with “twilight zone” music background noise)

  23. He could say this to his son when he gets older:

    I missed the Super Bowl because you’re more important than anything to me.

    Tell me if anyone wouldn’t believe at any point ?? I would say this would make him a hero to his son, priorities being in order.

  24. Smart move. It probably won’t happen, so you might as well be on the record with the girlfriend that you would skip the Superbowl to be there. Well played.

  25. Obviously he or anyone else will play and would be required to play. Whats interesting to me is how close this team is to being considered an all time great. One game, if they win they are there and if they lose they will be considered no better then the 96-97 Packer team that went back to back and lost.
    And if that does happen and they have an overall record of 1-2 in superbowls then they cannot be considered among the elite overall franchises. Not trying to be a hater, its just weird to me how one game can mean so many different things.

  26. He’d probably rather birth a baby than tackle Blount & Gronk with those torn elbow ligaments

  27. I don’t like him or the rest of the Hawks or their fans. But I do respect the guy’s talent, which means I hope his baby is born (healthy) such that he will miss the Super Bowl. One less Seahawk, especially on defense, can only help the Pats.

  28. Goodell has been slimed all year. What better way to get back into the fans’ good graces than have a camera set up in the hospital, stop the game and show the world the birth of Sherman’s son so that he can see it?

    Also a good way to get the well-spoken Sherman off the NFL’s back.

    To the poster above…no, you’re not the only one who likes Sherman. He’s a great story and seems like a great person. I hope he’s the president of the NFLPA soon.

  29. soundsofsuccess7 says:
    Jan 29, 2015 11:52 AM
    Am I the only person who actually really likes this guy?

    From the hood to Stanford, is incredibly well spoken, does a lot of charity work, is allegedly considering missing a Super Bowl for his son’s birth…

    It’s great to see a player that can be a little bit of an animal on the field acting as a model citizen off of it.
    ————————

    Yes. Yes you are. Sherman is a waste…not of talent, but of intelligence. He has thin skin and poor character. All the intelligence and athletic ability in the world can’t make up for it. They simply make him more acceptable to the NFL.

  30. He’s already played in a superbowl……he cannot redo the birth.

    The regret of missing a child’s birth will be much bigger than missing a 2nd superbowl.

  31. He isn’t missing this game. There he goes again running his mouth about something. But hopefully the baby is born healthy as can be. And hopefully the kid isn’t a big mouth like his father.

  32. If this is his first child he’d always regret missing the birth especially of his son. Sherman already has a ring, this isn’t his first venture to the SB.

    There’s plenty of grunting, cursing, pain, and blood in the delivery room.

  33. Sherman is one of the most hated players in the league. The just never.shuts.up. Being able to speak well doesn’t mean you have class, of which he has none.

    That said, here’s hoping the birth of his son goes well and for the mother.

  34. Have to agree with the others in hoping his son’s mouth is a fraction of the size of his father’s. I hope he plays so we can watch Brady burn him.

  35. Tampa Bay receiver played in the Bucs Super Bowl win after the death of his son.
    So yes, writer of this story, we have seen much more important things than this at a Super Bowl.

  36. So you’re saying he’s a liar

    gisellichek says:
    Jan 29, 2015 12:01 PM
    Ya gotta respect the thought/perspective… it is a classey thing to say… but lets be real… he ain’t missing this game… no way no how…

  37. nobody is missing the superbowl to attend a birth.

    A big phony might tell the mother he will because he hopes his bluff doesn’t get called but he’ll change his tune if the labor starts too close to kickoff.

    How much money and credibility does it cost him in the future if he becomes known as the guy who let his team down this badly in the Superbowl?

  38. If mom says you better be there, you better be there. If she’s fine with it, play the game. I didn’t witness the actual birth of my daughter (she was adopted, and even if we had had our own, I was always going to be banned from the delivery room thanks to my distaste for blood) and it didn’t make it any less special the first time I held her.

  39. lgw91s says:
    Jan 29, 2015 11:56 AM
    He can’t win no matter what he says. If he misses the game to witness the birth, he is a selfish teammate. If he plays during the childbirth, he is a poor example for a father. He is just playing it smart. I have always despised this guy – just a bit less than Terrell Suggs, – but Sherman is starting to come across as intelligent and not quite as crazy.

    _______________________

    Anyone who calls someone a bad father for missing a child’s birth needs to step off. There are umpteen fathers who have to miss their kids birth. I’d be more concerned with being there after the birth and raising a child.

    Being a father is raising the kid, not watching him come into the world.

  40. play the game.. I don’t remember if my dad was in the room when I was born.. And if he said he wasn’t because he had to play in the Superbowl, I could add it in to my stories about him down the road while reminiscing about how he was one of the best DB’s ever..

    thats just me though

  41. It’s their decision to make. The birth of my daughter is by far the best thing I have ever experienced. and wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s not even about the baby, it’s about Richard getting to experience this. Like I said, the decision is his and his family’s. Regardless of what he chooses, he is NOT wrong.

  42. If it were a regular game obviously you go to the birth of your son. Superbowl… Yeah, I’d like the idea of saying, “Son, I won a world championship while you were being born. You are destined for greatness!”

  43. having fathered 3 children myself, I can say he has a long way to go to be a good father, note his comment about a child depending on you, how you perform.

    believe me my kids are all in their 20s and how much I made or didn’t make in my career PALES in comparison to the million other things a father does to raise their children well.

    side note: what OB/GYN would let a woman in her 39th week get on a commercial airline?

  44. This is why Beast mode sits in front of the cameras and says nothing. Why would a reporter even ask that question. Answer just to cause problems and make him look bad. He should have sat and stared at the reporter from that moment until the time was up for interview.

  45. Belichick said it, Sherman is a marketing genius. He’s making us think he’ll be soft for Sunday, not 100% on the game, so maybe the Pat throws his way and BAM! I wonder what’s the Las Vegas bet isfor him (1)no showing up at all, (2)Quitting in the middle, or (3)Staying for the whole duration, IF there is a birth.

  46. Sherman had to bring this story up because he is literally ADDICTED to attention. Sherman always HAS to be the story. Everything about the guy screams LOOK AT ME.

  47. Those who are encouraging him to miss the game are the same ones making all the pro-Patriot comments on every article. Coincidence? I think not. Keep ’em guessing Sherm!

  48. floriostoupee says:
    Jan 29, 2015 3:25 PMside note: what OB/GYN would let a woman in her 39th week get on a commercial airline?

    Same Doctor that probably gets paid a lot… by Sherman.

  49. I like the Jetsfan saying he wouldn’t miss it even for the SB, as if he’d ever be in that position.

    Only woman make it sound that way, we guys know better.

    Was at both my kids births and can tell you it wasn’t pretty. She wouldn’t of known anyway she was so busy yelling at everyone or throwing up.

    Childbirth isn’t pretty, don’t let the girly men tell you otherwise.

  50. I love that Pete Carroll publicly states, “We’ll support his decision either way” when you absolutely KNOW he doesn’t feel that way. Even if Sherman were to leave–which there is no chance of–his whole team and coach would remind him how much he’s needed and how special this chance is. But it’s his choice….right.

    He can have more kids with different mothers out of wedlock in the future. That’s what professional athletes seem to do well anyway.

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