Super Bowl Sunday could have been a landmark day in more ways than one for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. His team is going for back-to-back championships, and his girlfriend, Ashley Moss, is close to her due date for the couple’s first child, a baby boy.
The Pro Bowler’s girlfriend is due to give birth on Feb. 9. It appears the baby will not be born Sunday, but Sherman said he did have a plan in place if his son arrived early. He would have had to choose between the big game and seeing his son’s birth. Luckily, it looks like the plan will not have to be carried out.
“I am playing,” said Sherman.
That is fortunate for the Seahawks, Sherman is a large part of their “Legion of Boom” secondary. The 26-year-old Sherman is a leader of the Seattle's No. 1 ranked defense. Sherman is considered by many to be one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL over the past few seasons. He intercepted four passes this season and often covers the opposing offense's top receiver. Sherman is currently hobbled by an elbow injury he picked up in the NFC Championship, but is still likely to play a large part in attempting to slow down the Patriots' offense.
The Stanford graduate has also become known for being outspoken and openly critical of the NFL. After last year's NFC Championship win he went on a now-infamous rant in a post game interview with reporter Erin Andrews. He was fueding with San Francisco 49er Michael Crabtree during the game and yelled in the interview about it.
"When you try me with a sorry reciever like Crabtree, that's the result... Don't you ever talk about me," Sherman said.
Recently, Sherman has been critical of the NFL, especially commissioner Roger Goodell. He questioned Goodell's friendship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the midst of "deflategate" and questioned why the commissioner doesn't have to do inteviews when Seahawk teammate Marshawn Lynch does. Sherman is also considered a good interview. His quick wit was on display this week at media day. Sherman joked about Moss going into labor early and whether he would play if she did.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, but I think he will be a disciplined young man and stay in there a while longer,” Sherman said to reporters.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he was supportive of whatever decision Sherman would have made. Although he did have a suggestion for the still nameless baby.
“But I can’t wait to see little Petey,” Carroll said.