Richard Sherman 'ecstatic' over baby

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was having a tough week up until Thursday morning -- when his girlfriend gave birth to the couple's first child.

Sherman's jersey number is 25.

The baby's arrival -- and Sherman's participation -- had been a hot topic before Super Bowl XLIX as his girlfriend, Ashley Moss, was in Arizona for the game.

Before the game, Sherman said that "we'll cross that bridge when we get to it, but I think he will be a disciplined young man and stay in there a while longer."

Peter King of MMQB.com reported that Sherman's son has been named Rayden. That may disappoint Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who joked before the Super Bowl that he "can't wait to see little Petey."

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson offered his congratulations -- and babysitting help -- on Twitter.

Sherman played in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Patriots with an elbow injury that he suffered in the NFC Championship Game against Green Bay. It has yet to be determined whether he'll need surgery.