Rivers received some criticism over the weekend after announcing that he would miss the birth if the baby was born while he was in Jacksonville. I don't always appreciate Rivers' on-field antics, but I had no problem with his latest decision.
That said, it's really none of our business. Rivers and his wife, Tiffany, clearly made the decision together after much deliberation. If they're good with it, that's all that matters.
To those who would say Rivers is putting his job ahead of his family, a few notes:
1. Rivers may be a tad prickly on the field, but he's a huge family guy (remember the six kids?). There's no doubting his devotion to his family.
2. As longtime U-T San Diego colunmist Nick Canepa wrote @sdutCanepa, "My dad, a commercial fisherman, fathered three kids and was home for one birth. NFL quarterbacks play. There aren't 162 games."
One San Diego TV station - 10News (ABC) - asked San Diegans whether they would agree with Rivers' choice to play in the game if it meant missing the birth of his child:
Forty-eight percent agreed, 32 percent disagreed and 20 percent said they were not sure.
Sixty-eight percent of men agree with Rivers playing, while only 29 percent of women think he's making the right choice.
Bottom line: We'd be fine with whatever Rivers decided - just as we were when Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco stayed with his team in Week Two while his wife gave birth to their second child. Here at the Working Dad post, we're much more concerned with how a dad performs in the days (and months and years) that follow the big day.