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mens prada sunglasses NFL LB Brendan Ayanbadejo believes Nick Saban traded him from Dolphins because he took paternity leaveBrendan Ayanbadejo most recently played for Baltimore from 2008-12. (Associated Press)Paternity leave made headlines last week when some commentators took issue with Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets missing the first two games of the Major League Baseball season to be with his wife during childbirth.The issue was mostly a tempest in a teapot in New York. Murphy is entitled to the three days he took under MLB's collective bargaining agreement and Mets manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson Murphy's decision.The incident gave former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo, currently an NFL free agent, the opportunity to share his experience with paternity leave, however -- and note that his decision to take it may have what motivatedNick Saban, then the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, to trade him.Ayanbadejo, then a Dolphins special-teamer, wrote in a that he let Saban know his wife was expecting in August 2005 and got an unexpected response:He made it clear that he expected me to be around and not miss any practice for this special moment for my family. I made it clear that I was going to miss as much time as it took for me to be there in support of my wife and my newborn child.Ayanbadejo wrote that he missed one full day of practice and arrived late on several other mornings, missing a total of 36 hours after his wife gave birth to their daughter by cesarian section.Five days later, he was traded to the Chicago Bears for tight end John Owens and a conditional draft pick. Ayanbadejo wrote in the column that he immediately questioned whether the deal was related to his decision to take paternity leave.Did Saban ship me off because I put my family before football? Did the team question my desire to be a Dolphin because of my life priorities?
... As much as I loved the game, the game will be there when I get back from my one, two or three days of assisting my family. In actuality, this is part of being a man. Part of being a man is an acronym that Ravens coach John Harbaugh applies every day:
W.I.N. -- What's Important Now.
So, despite the fact that I do believe that the Dolphins -- or certainly Saban at least -- questioned my desire to be a Dolphin due to the priority I placed on family, family always has and always will come first.
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