Richard Sherman’s Baby Is Due Just in Time for the Super Bowl. What Should He Do?

UPDATE: The baby arrived Thursday morning, so no decision was needed. Mom, dad and baby are all doing great. Congrats!

Dad-to-be Richard Sherman faces a dilemma. (photo used via creative commons license)
Dad-to-be Richard Sherman faces a dilemma. (photo used via creative commons license)

Seattle Seahawk cornerback and media lightning-rod Richard Sherman’s girlfriend is due to give birth to their first child any day now, and of course Sunday is the Super Bowl.

Sherman stated that they have a plan in place should the baby decide to enter the world just before or during the game, but that the birth of his child is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity he doesn’t want to miss. He jokingly pleaded with his unborn son to “stay disciplined and patient and wait just a few more days to help daddy out.” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll astonishingly stated that ” we’re all family first, so he should do what he thinks is right.” Lots of athletes and writers have stated they think he should skip the Super Bowl for the birth.

So, what do I think Sherman should do if his girlfriend goes into labor before or during the game?

Whatever he and his family decide is best.

A while ago, I reported on Hunter Mahan and Joe Flacco. Mahan, a professional golfer left a $1 Million tournament he was leading when his wife went into labor. Flacco, the quarterback of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, stayed put after his wife went into labor while he was warming up before a game. I concluded they both made the right decision. And I think Sherman will, as well, whatever he and his girlfriend decide.

For a fuller explanation, see the article I wrote on Mahan and Flacco. It is one of my favorites:

Click on the picture for my take sports figures and deciding whether one should miss games for the birth of their children
Click on the picture for my take sports figures and deciding whether one should miss games for the birth of their children

What do you think? Let’s discuss in the comments section.

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2 thoughts on “Richard Sherman’s Baby Is Due Just in Time for the Super Bowl. What Should He Do?

  1. Hey Scott, this is definitely a tough decision. However, you never forget the day your child came into the world. Of course, I’m sure you don’t forget playing in the super bowl either – whether you win or lose. So much of life is about the people we interact with and our kiddos are a big part of that. I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything – even playing in the super bowl. Ultimately though, the right decision is whatever makes the most sense for them.

  2. Hi Scott,
    I agree with you that it’s a personal decision for him to make with his family. One thing I think is critically important is that his employer (and teammates) be supportive of whatever decision he makes and not try to push him in a different direction.

    On a different note, I find it very interesting to see how professional athletes can show us very “extreme” examples of decisions that we all face. For most of us the birth of a child will be an opportunity that will come along at most a handful of times in our lives, and few things could compare to it in any way. It’s fascinating to think about comparing that to something else that happens as infrequently and is considered to be a similar magnitude of importance.

    It really makes me think about how I and others make these decisions. What if I were playing in the Super Bowl? What if I were performing life-saving surgery? What if I were an astronaut? Luckily (I guess 🙂 my life is a little more “ordinary” than that and I never had to give it a thought – I just knew that being there was the right thing for me and my family. Still, it’s great to think about it.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking article.
    Ernie

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