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Richard Sherman’s girlfriend Ashley Moss gives birth to couple’s first child

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After some foreboding words from Richard Sherman that prompted rabid speculation during the week heading into Super Bowl XLIX, the Seattle Seahawks cornerback’s bold proclamation that his soon-to-be born son was “going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there” until after the game proved prophetic. The little guy indeed held out until well after Sunday, as Sherman’s girlfriend, Ashley Moss, delivered the couple’s first child on Thursday morning.

Sherman noted the baby, a son Peter King reports is named Rayden, was born on a pretty terrific — and coincidental date.

Sherman’s teammate, Russell Wilson, offered his congratulations along with a friendly offer.

Sherman told reporters during Super Bowl Week that if Moss were to go into labor heading into the Super Bowl, he would be faced with an incredibly tough decision regarding whether to play in the game or be present in the delivery room.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Sherman said last Wednesday. “We’re not thinking about the possibility.”

And it turns out that the possibility never became an eventuality and Sherman and Moss were able to celebrate their child’s birth without the added pressure of the Super Bowl.

Moss, who traveled to Arizona to be with Sherman during the Super Bowl, said last week the couple “didn’t expect it to be such a national story.” But when the impending birth of a child could have impacted whether one of the best players on the Seahawks may not even suit up for the Super Bowl, it’s not shocking that it did.

In the end, though, everything worked out great for Sherman and Moss, and now, young Rayden. The only thing that probably would have made it better was basking in the afterglow of a Super Bowl win. But any regrets about what happened on Sunday is definitely the furthest thing from Sherman’s mind on Thursday morning.