New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is looking to call a time out ... and not because of the team's preseason offensive struggles.
No, he's seeking time away from the team as he awaits the birth of his first child with his former girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan.
Will he get it?
"I hope so," Brady said Monday, noting that he'll need the approval of coach Bill Belichick in the face of the Patriots' very busy schedule.
"Bill has a lot to say, so we'll deal with it when it happens."
On Friday, Brady is due to play Carolina in the third of four boring exhibition games, with the Pats' first regular season game on September 9 against the N.Y. Jets.
According to People, Brady declined to answer when asked if Moynahan will deliver the child before the Jets game. This may be because Tom Brady is not God.
But the Super Bowl-winning signal caller, who is now dating Gisele BÃ¼ndchen, says he is eagerly awaiting the call in which he learns he's officially a dad.
"I think everybody's anxious," Tom Brady said, smiling. "I'll put it that way."
When asked if he jumps every time the phone rings, he added, "It's stuff that's very private and it's my family... it won't be hard to figure out when it happens."
As for asking for time off, he said: "Certainly, a lot of people make sacrifices for family, and I'm dealing with a certain situation, a very joyous, happy situation. Some people have dealt with death in the past, and that's incredibly difficult."
Chimed in Belichick: "Personal situations are all talked about and dealt with on an individual basis. It doesn't matter who the player is. There are plenty that have come up through the course of the year. I'll deal with them like I do all of them."
No word on whether Alex Rodriguez has asked for time away from the New York Yankees so that he may hit up strip joints with Joslyn Noel Morse.