A few weeks ago, PGA golfer Hunter Mahan left a sporting event to be at the birth of his child. Last week, NFL star Joe Flacco chose to play. Why I support both of their decisions.
Real progress for working dads comes when we have choices and can thoughtfully make work-family decisions that work for us.
Over the past few months, I praised high-profile new dads who made public actions to prioritize family over work. Of particular note was pro golfer, Hunter Mahan, who left a tournament he was leading (and in which he could have won $1Million) to be at the birth of his daughter. He made a high-profile choice that, in my opinion, sent an important signal about fatherhood. I was especially encouraged by the support Mahan received from the golf and sports world.
Last week, Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Joe Flacco was faced with a similar dilemma. His wife unexpectantly went into labor shortly before the Ravens’ game against the Cleveland Browns. Flacco talked with his wife and other family members over the phone, but did not leave the stadium for the hospital. Instead, he played, leading the Ravens to a much-needed victory. As soon as the game ended, he sped to the hospital, a few hours after the birth of his son.
PGA golfer Hunter Mahan recently walked away from a possible million-dollar payday to be present for the birth of his daughter. The overwhelmingly positive reaction to his decision demonstrates that society’s attitudes towards fathers’ work-family roles are changing. What this story could mean for us.
A Million-Dollar Baby!
Talk about putting family priorities ahead of money.
A Million Dollar Dilemma
Pro golfer Hunter Mahan was in the lead half-way through the Canadian Open tournament, and was in line for his career-best payday of $1Million if he held on to win (and even had he choked and fallen to 10th place, he would have earned $151K).
However, shortly before teeing off on Saturday, Mahan got the phone call that his wife had gone into labor with their first child, about a month early.