Originally written on Player Perspective  |  Last updated 11/8/12
Since I love to comment on “outrages” during the season, I figured I’d weigh in on this. Quickly, yes I do think it’s fine for players like Chicago bears CB Charles “Peanut” Tillman to miss games to see their children being born. Right now, the public only sees what that player gets paid each week to be there. They don’t see all the special moments players miss during the year (including during the increasingly short “off season”) to stay employed by whatever league they play in. If you saw Marshall Faulk’s Hall of Fame speech, he very eloquently talked about all the time he missed out on with his kids during his playing career. Other players have also recently talked about looking forward to spending more time with family in the years to come. Playing a sport professional requires a high level of physical commitment including travel and travel prep. And yes, for years in this country, working class folks have had no choice but to choose work over family often working miles away from home. That doesn’t mean athletes should be forced into that too. From MY perspective, I’d rather have a husband who can be home for all the special times in a child’s life. I’d rather a man miss a child being born than miss a kid’s recital, for example, because that’s something both the child and the parent will remember. But since we can’t (and shouldn’t) give guys off for every child’s birthday, and kids’ recital, and match and games or stomach flu and the list goes on, the list we can do is let them be there for the beginning of it all. I would address the folks who have made comments to the effect that guys should “plan” conception around the season, but it’s hard enough for me to explain the tuck rule, I’m not really qualified to give the full low down on the birds and the bees. But I do know one thing–the people who made those comments could use a refresher course.   Related Posts:Ray Rice Misses His Teammates and Can Roast You With KindnessTough Transitions: Patriots running back Kevin Faulk cried after learning he wouldn’t dress for SuperbowlBuzz Bissinger Calls out Big K.R.I.T. Over Boobie Miles SongSpecial MBA Program for Athletes Could Help NFL Players Avoid Financial RuinSan Francisco Running Back Brian Westbrook is On a Horse. And He Wrote a Blog About it!
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