PHOENIX (AP) — Richard Sherman has contingency plans in place should his girlfriend give birth to their first child — a son — before Sunday's Super Bowl against New England.

Sherman doesn't seem worried about the potential arrival of his son interfering with his chances at winning a second straight Super Bowl title. He's expecting his son to be cooperative from birth.

"He's not supposed to come on Sunday. Obviously that would change some things. But I think he's going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game. He's going to do his father his first favor and stay in there for another week or two," Sherman said on Thursday.

"But I've thought about the possibility of him coming during the game and coming before the game and we have things in place in case that happens and we'll cross that bridge when we get there. But I did not know it was a topic of national debate, honestly. I would not like to miss the birth of my first son, my first kid. Thankfully, hopefully and God willing we won't have to cross that bridge."

Sherman revealed the pending birth of his son earlier this week in a first-person article for The MMQB.

Sherman also had no reservations about the idea of his son playing football in the future.

"Football teaches you discipline and helps you develop a sense of leadership and courage and camaraderie among your friends and teammates," Sherman said. "It also shows you how to work with the group, how to depend on one another, how to trust someone to do their job and how to be dependable, to do your job. There are a lot of aspects of football that people don't talk about, and these are the things you learn and they are essential throughout your life."

WORTHY CAUSE: Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the NFL Alumni Association announced a partnership to raise awareness among NFL Alumni and fans around the country about screening, diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer.

The partnership also calls for CTCA to treat NFL Alumni who are fighting the disease at each of its five hospitals (in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa). CTCA will also become a sponsor of the NFLA's Super Bowl of Golf, an annual member event that is part of the NFLA's charitable fundraising activities.

Other than non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the U.S. Nearly one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2014. More than 29,000 men succumbed to the disease that year.

BRIGHT LIGHTS IN THE BIG APPLE: The Empire State Building will track the Super Bowl on its tower lights with a virtual scoreboard on Sunday. The lights, which will shine in the colors of the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, will change depending on the score of the game, ultimately shining in the colors of the winning team for the rest of the evening.

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