Sherman hoping son ‘disciplined’ with birth

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is hoping his son waits to be born until after the Super Bowl.

Richard Sherman is hoping his son stays in the womb until after the weekend. Sherman and his girlfriend are expecting their first child in the coming weeks, but he’d prefer if his son holds off on his birth until after Super Bowl XLIX is done.

“He’s not supposed to come on Sunday. Obviously that changes things. But I think he’s going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game. He’s going to do his father his first favor and stay in there for another week or two,” the Seattle Seahawks cornerback said. “But I’ve thought about the possibility of him coming during the game or coming before the game. We have things in place if that happens and we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, but I honestly didn’t know that was a topic of national debate. This is my first son, first kid. Thankfully and hopefully and God-willing we won’t have to cross that bridge.”

Sherman smiled at notion that the topic of professional athletes playing games when their children are born has become a national debate, but he left no doubt that he would let his son play football, despite the concussion concerns that have surrounded the sport on an increasing basis the last several years.

“100 percent,” he said when asked if he would let his son play football. “Football will be probably one of the first or second sports he plays, along with baseball and soccer and all the other fun sports. Because a lot of people talk about the negative aspects of football, and there are many, but there are also a lot of positives that you learn as a kid.

“I don’t know too many Pop Warner 6- and 7- and 8-year-olds that are just full-speed running into each other and getting concussions, honestly. The kids aren’t brave enough, honestly, at that point. They are so scared of running into each other and the kid being 10 pounds bigger than them or 3 inches taller than them. But football teaches you discipline and helps you develop a sense of leadership and courage and camaraderie amongst your friends and teammates. It also shows you how to work with the group, how to depend on one another, how to trust someone to do their job and how to be dependable, to do your job.”

Sherman has become one of the most outspoken members of the Seahawks and a thoughtful speaker on numerous topics, so his support of the game and youth continuing to play football means something. In addition to the physical benefits, he stressed the social benefits of playing sports.

“There are a lot of aspects of football that people don’t talk about, and these are the things you learn and they are essential throughout your life. I don’t know how social I would have been without football,” he said. “I’m a pretty fun, easygoing guy, but I met a lot of my friends, especially early on, through football. I wasn’t the coolest kid around, but I always had 20 or 30 friends because they were just on my team, and we spent so much time together. I think that’s the thing that people never focus on when they’re talking about football.”

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