What’s More Important Than Football?

by Junior D on November 10, 2012 · 0 comments

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There are many things in life that come before football. As a fan, with technology, you can watch any game anywhere on your phone now. As a player, you can’t be in two places at once so tough decisions have to be made when it comes to missing games. Charles Tillman, cornerback for the Chicago Bears, discussed such a decision on WSCR-AM 670 on Wednesday and it has been the topic of conversation since then. The question…as a professional athlete, do you miss a game for the birth of your child?

Since this is a hot topic I am going to jump in, feet first. This is an absolute no brainer for me. I don’t care if it’s your first or tenth child, you are there for the birth. Most of us, “normal” people, would absolutely be there for the birth of our child…hell, I’ve called in sick for less. For some reason we don’t give professional athletes that same pass. Why not?

Most people say that athletes know what they are getting into when they “sign up.”  To that I say, ‘you’re right.’ They do know what they’re getting into, but there are circumstances that take precedence above the GAME that you play. Child birth is one of those things. Remove yourself from your fandom for one second, I know it’s hard. These athletes don’t look at the game like we do…it’s a job to them, like our jobs. They can’t call in sick, they can’t take a long lunch, they can’t sit by the water cooler and let the day pass them by as they shoot the shit. They have a very physically demanding job that doesn’t offer them the same liberties that we get. I know…they get paid a ton of money to do their job argument. Does that mean that they can’t be there with their family to watch their own child being born?

Family comes before football or any other sport. ALWAYS! I was actually a little disappointed when Tillman tweeted that his child was going to be born on Monday. I wanted his child to come on Sunday so that I could hear Bears fans everywhere scream that he should put the team first and whatever other drivel they could come up with.

We live this life once. There are no “do-overs.” Whatever choice that an athlete wants to make when it comes to a child being born, a death in the family or his dog dying, is his to make. Don’t judge another man because of some shitty preconceived notion that you have about sports is the end all be all.

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