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Richard Sherman’s girlfriend opens up about possible Super Bowl baby

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One of the biggest stories to emerge in the buildup to Super Bowl XLIX is whether or not one of the Seattle Seahawks’ best players will even be on the field come Sunday. It doesn’t have anything to do with a nagging injury — although he is dealing with that issue, too — it’s all about how the impending arrival of a little bundle of joy, depending on the time of birth, may mean a member of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” may not even suit up on Super Sunday.

Saying the couple “didn’t expect it to be such a national story,” Ashley Moss, Richard Sherman’s girlfriend, discussed the upcoming birth of the couple’s first child, a son, and how when the baby arrives could have an effect on whether the Seahawks corner even plays in the game.

Moss, who is in Phoenix to be with Sherman despite being in the stretch run of her pregnancy, insists that despite the stress inherent to being  a father-to-be, the cornerback is focused for now on Sunday’s game.

“He’s very locked in; football comes first,” said Moss, via an exclusive interview with KING-5.

Richard Sherman raised some eyebrows this week when acknowledging that if Moss were to go into labor before the game, it will present the superstar defensive standout with a possible life-changing conundrum: Play in the Super Bowl and miss the birth of his first child or skip the big game and be in the delivery room.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Sherman told the media Wednesday, via ESPN. “We’re not thinking about the possibility.”

When asked about what she thinks about the possibility that Sherman could skip out on the Super Bowl, Moss hedged her bets while expressing the hope that the baby holds out until later Sunday night at the earliest. But if labor comes early, it’s hard to say what will happen.

“I guess we’ll have a Super Bowl baby and if you see Richard heading for the locker room right after it hits zero in the fourth quarter, don’t be surprised,” she said.

Sherman said he believes his son will wait to to make his grand debut until after the Super Bowl.

“He’s going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there,” he said. “He’s going to do his father his first favor.”

Moss echoed Sherman’s sentiment.

“He’ll hold out. Like Richard says, he’ll do him his first favor and stay in there until at least after the game,” she said.

If so, it won’t be a favor only to Sherman, but to the entire Seahawks organization and the team’s fans. Despite experiencing a sprained elbow in the NFC Championship Game — Sherman has practiced fully this week — Seattle’s defense is a much more formidable unit with Sherman on the field, even with his wonky elbow.

(image credit: KING5)