Carroll says decision is Sherman's if baby arrives early

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Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman puts his helmet on during a team practice for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman answers a question during an interview for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Phoenix. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman answers a question at a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Phoenix. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman answers questions during media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman answers a question at a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Phoenix. The Seahawks play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, right, turns to embrace head coach Pete Carroll after a news conference Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the team's headquarters in Renton, Wash. Sherman signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday with the Seahawks, a deal that makes him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in NFL history. Sherman announced the deal on his website and later confirmed the new deal will keep him in a Seahawks uniform through the 2018 season. Sherman wrote that the extension is for $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, right, embraces head coach Pete Carroll after a news conference Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the team's headquarters in Renton, Wash. Sherman signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday with the Seahawks, a deal that makes him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in NFL history. Sherman announced the deal on his website and later confirmed the new deal will keep him in a Seahawks uniform through the 2018 season. Sherman wrote that the extension is for $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, center, is applauded by head coach Pete Carroll, left, and general manager John Schneider Wednesday, May 7, 2014, during a news conference at the team's headquarters in Renton, Wash. Sherman signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday with the Seahawks, a deal that makes him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in NFL history. Sherman announced the deal on his website and later confirmed the new deal will keep him in a Seahawks uniform through the 2018 season. Sherman wrote that the extension is for $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman smiles as he addresses a news conference Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the team's headquarters in Renton, Wash. Sherman signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday with the Seahawks, a deal that makes him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in NFL history. Sherman announced the deal on his website and later confirmed the new deal will keep him in a Seahawks uniform through the 2018 season. Sherman wrote that the extension is for $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, center, smiles as he addresses a news conference with head coach Pete Carroll, left, and general manager John Schneider Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the team's headquarters in Renton, Wash. Sherman signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday with the Seahawks, a deal that makes him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in NFL history. Sherman announced the deal on his website and later confirmed the new deal will keep him in a Seahawks uniform through the 2018 season. Sherman wrote that the extension is for $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy during a parade for the NFL football Super Bowl champions Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman talks to the crowd during a rally on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos on Sunday in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVIII game in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman waves to fans as he leaves the field after a rally and parade for the Super Bowl XLVIII champions in Seattle, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos on Sunday. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (25) reacts during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman warms up on the field before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman answers a question during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman answers a question during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks play the Denver Broncos in the NFL football Super Bowl on Feb. 2. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman holds up the George Halas Trophy after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman reacts to a play against the St. Louis Rams in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman motions to fans after intercepting in the end zone against the San Francisco 49ers in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 42-13. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman jumps over San Francisco 49ers' Michael Crabtree as Sherman celebrates his interception in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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PHOENIX (AP) - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday it will be Richard Sherman's decision whether to play in Sunday's Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor with the couple's first child sooner than expected.

Carroll said during a joint news conference with New England coach Bill Belichick that family comes first and "if (Sherman) is faced with that decision, we'll support him."

"He has an opportunity to face a big decision and whenever our players have a personal, family issue that comes up it's always about family first and they can decide what is best for them and I support that," Carroll said. "However he goes with that, if he's faced with that decision we'll support him and we'll see how that goes."

Carroll also added, "I can't wait to see little Petey."

Sherman said on Thursday that the baby - a boy - isn't due for a couple of weeks and "he was going to do his father a favor," and wait to be born until after the game. In an interview with KING-TV in Seattle, Sherman's girlfriend, Ashley Moss, said, "I told him to play the game."

Carroll's comment regarding Sherman was the biggest news to come out of the final media availability with the coaches as both were extremely complementary of the other. Carroll was clearly the more talkative of the two, although Belichick added quips through the 34-minute availability.

"I think everyone knows how much respect I have for Seattle and Pete and the job that they do," Belichick said. "I don't think fun is the word that I'd use. It's been a huge challenge. It's a tough team to prepare for, but I certainly have all the respect in the world for them. I could see why they were champions last year and why they are here again this year. They do so many things well on so many levels."

The pair also spoke glowingly of their owners - Paul Allen for the Seahawks and Robert Kraft for the Patriots - and the support they have provided to both franchises and their intertwined pasts. Carroll was the coach in New England before being fired by Kraft and replaced by Belichick.

"The passion that he brings, he's there on a pretty regular basis with the team, with the players, with the coaches, with the staff," Belichick said of Kraft. "He's an integral part of everything that we do. We have a great relationship."

Carroll said the preparations for the week had a very similar feel to last year in New York prior to the Seahawks' victory over Denver.

"The process that we go through is very much the same. What changes is the team that you're playing and the challenges they present, which are extraordinary," Carroll said. "We really do have a process and a way we go through it and a mentality and feel like we've come through it now and we're wrapping it up and it's gone the way we like it to."

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Week 1: Seahawks vs Packers, 36-16 win
Record: 1-0

In this Sept. 4, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) begins pass coverage against the Green Bay Packers in the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle. After they opened the 2014 NFL season in early September, it seemed inevitable that Aaron Rodgers would get a second chance to throw at Richard Sherman if he wanted to.

Photo Credit: Stephen Brashear, AP Photo

Week 2: Seahawks at Chargers, 30-21 loss
​Record: 1-1

Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor, right, dives for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in San Diego.

Photo Credit: Gregory Bull, AP Photo

Week 3: Seahawks vs Broncos, 26-20 win
​Record: 2-1

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) rushes as Denver Broncos' Kayvon Webster defends in overtime in an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 26-20.

Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson, AP Photo

Week 4: Bye Week
​Record: 2-1

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks adjusts his helmet against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field on September 21, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Jeff Gross, Getty Images

Week 5: Seahawks at Redskins, 27-17 win
​Record: 3-1

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) breaks a tackle by Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley (56) on his way to a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

Photo Credit: Nick Wass, AP Photo

Week 6: Seahawks vs Cowboys, 30-23 loss
​Record: 3-2

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, right, powers through a tackle by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to score a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Seattle.

Photo Credit: Scott Eklund, AP Photo

Week 7: Seahawks at Rams, 28-26 loss
​Record: 3-3

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, left, is tackled by St. Louis Rams free safety Rodney McLeod after catching a pass for a 49-yard gain during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in St. Louis.

Photo Credit: L.G. Patterson, AP Photo

Week 8: Seahawks at Panthers, 13-9 win
​Record: 4-3

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) heads to the turf as Carolina Panthers defensive back Colin Jones (42) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Charlotte.

Photo Credit: Mike McCarn, AP Photo

Week 9: Seahawks vs Raiders, 30-24 win
​Record: 5-3

Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks defends against Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field on November 2, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

Week 10: Seahawks vs Giants, 38-17 win
​Record: 6-3

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) gets ready to push off of New York Giants' Quintin Demps during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 38-17.

Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson, AP Photo

Week 11: Seahawks at Chiefs, 24-20 loss
​Record: 6-4

Kansas City Chiefs running back De'Anthony Thomas (13) is tripped up by Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) in the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Photo Credit: Charlie Neibergall, AP Photo

Week 12: Seahawks vs Cardinals, 19-3 win
Record: 7-4

Quarterback Drew Stanton #5 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 23, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 19-3.

Photo Credit: Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

Week 13: Seahawks at 49ers, 19-3 win
​Record: 8-4

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks escapes the reach of defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie #63 of the San Francisco 49ers late in the fourth quarter on November 27, 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Seahawks won 19-3.

Photo Credit: Brian Bahr, Getty Images

Week 14: Seahawks at Eagles, 24-14 win
​Record: 9-4

Seattle Seahawks' Tharold Simon (27) intercepts a pass intended for Philadelphia Eagles' Riley Cooper (14) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Photo Credit: Matt Rourke, AP Photo

Week 15: Seahawks at 49ers, 17-7 win
​Record: 10-4

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman, right, closes in on San Francisco 49ers' Brandon Lloyd in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 17-7.

Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson, AP Photo

Week 16: Seahawks at Cardinals, 35-6 win
​Record: 11-4

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) can't make the catch in the end zone against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.

Photo Credit: Ross D. Franklin, AP Photo

Week 17: Seahawks vs Rams, 20-6 win
​Record: 12-4

Running back Benny Cunningham #36 of the St. Louis Rams fumbles the ball across the goal line and out of bounds for a Seahawks touchback as free safety Earl Thomas #29 and cornerback Byron Maxwell #41 of the Seattle Seahawks close in during the fourth quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on December 28, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images

Wild Card Round: Bye Week
Advance to Divisional Round

Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger takes part in practice drills Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Renton, Wash. Unger, who missed the last six games with an ankle injury, is expected to be in the lineup when the Seahawks play the Carolina Panthers, Saturday, Jan. 10, in an NFL football divisional playoff game.

Photo Credit: Ted S. Warren, AP Photo

NFC Divisional Round: Seahawks vs Panthers, 31-17 win
Advance to Conference Championship

DeShawn Shead #35 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after a play against the Carolina Panthers during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at CenturyLink Field on January 10, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images

NFC Championship: Seahawks vs Packers, 28-22 win
Advance to Super Bowl XLIX

Jermaine Kearse #15 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a 35 yard game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.

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