Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Players missing games for babies being born raises plenty of questions

Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: of the Chicago Bears of the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 22, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 13-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jonathan Daniel

More than a few NFL players have made known this year their intention to miss a game in lieu of missing the birth of a child.

If push comes to shove, however, should they choose to be present for the pushing and not the shoving?

It’s a thorny issue. My position was and is that the players have made a lifestyle choice that entails being available 16 days per year, no matter what. If they choose not to plan their nine-month family expansion activities to coincide with the eight months per year when their work activities don’t entail playing games that count, why should their teams suffer the consequences?

For more comments that likely will provoke plenty of comments from some of you, here’s a slice of Wednesday’s PFT Live.

UPDATE: He’s another look at the issue, after reflecting on the situation and considering some of your input.