The timing worked out for Richard Sherman better than the game result.
Four days after playing in an excruciating Super Bowl loss to New England while assured that his girlfriend Ashley Moss wasn't yet going into labor and avoiding a potentially weighty decision whether to play, the Seahawks All-Pro cornerback announced today the birth of a little No. 25.
And the little guy already has a babysitter in waiting, Russell Wilson:
Sherman was surprised last week in Arizona by how many questions he got and how much a national debate it became whether he should play in Super Bowl 49 if the birth came during Sunday's game. He kept saying the baby wasn't due for a couple of weeks and basically that he'd cross that bridge if he had to come to it.
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By the way, if you were wondering whether the enlightened, worldly Stanford graduate will let his new son play football someday ...
"Oh, 100 percent, 100 percent. Football will be probably one of the first or second sports he plays, along with baseball and soccer and all the other fun sports," Sherman said last week. "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, six- and seven- and eight-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 three inches taller than them.
"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. 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. 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. You focus on the concussions – there are so many things that could happen in any number of sports."
--Getting word now that, to no surprise, the Seahawks have indeed scheduled surgery for All-Pro safety Earl Thomas on the left shoulder he dislocated in the NFC title game last month and played through in that game and in Sunday's Super Bowl. They want to get a jump on it now, for offseason time to heal. Coach Pete Carroll mentioned Monday Thomas had damage to the labrum of the shoulder from the shoulder popping out.
Thomas' agent told The Associated Press today Thomas needed surgery, after ESPN first reported it. Later today, the team scheduled the procedure.
So, to review, the Seahawks secondary played Super Bowl 49 with three guys needing surgeries: Thomas, Sherman (ligament in elbow), and nickel back Jeremy Lane, who left in the first quarter after breaking his arm returning an interception of Tom Brady out of the end zone. And a fourth, Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor, may need surgery to repair a torn medial collateral lateral ligament in his left knee. He played the Super Bowl with that. The Seahawks aren't sure if that is a previous injury or what he got when he crumpled to the ground on the next-to-last play of Friday's practice at Arizona State two days before the Super Bowl. The team also isn't sure yet if Chancellor will need surgery or if the offseason time will heal it.
--Saw this after NBC Today show host Matt Lauer did a boomerang trip Wednesday from New York to Renton and back to interview Carroll. Lauer tried to explore so deep into Carroll's psyche since the Super Bowl's final play call he should have pulled out a couch for the coach to talk from: