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Boomer Esiason Athletes SHOULDN'T Take Paternity Leave 'I'd Get a C-Section Before the Season'

4/3/2014 6:59 AM PDT

Boomer Esiason doesn't believe pro athletes should take paternity leave -- suggesting they should do whatever it takes to PLAY because that's in the best interest of the kid. 

The former NFL quarterback was on the "Boomer and Carton" radio show when the topic turned to Mets 2nd baseman Daniel Murphy, who missed 2 games this week to be with his wife after his son was born. 

Boomer acknowledged that Murphy has a legal right to miss work -- but says, "Bottom line, that's not me. I wouldn't do that."

"Quite frankly I woulda said C-section before the season starts, I need to be at Opening Day. I'm sorry."

Boomer continued, "This is what makes our money, this is how we're gonna live our life. This is gonna give my child every opportunity to be a success in life. I'll be able to afford any college I wanna send my kid to because I'm a baseball player." Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!
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