NFL players are often criticized by their coaches, fans, and even the press for staying away from voluntary offseason team activities, but many have good reasons for their absences.

One such player is Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who was asked by Gregg Bell of The News Tribune to explain why he doesn’t attend spring OTAs with most of his teammates.

“I like to be a parent,” Bennett said Wednesday. “I’ve got daughters. I’m a coach. I’m a teacher at the school. I do things in the community. I try to balance my football life with my actual reality. So, to find that great balance as a human being. I think it’s important as athletes to find that.”

Bennett’s reasoning carries a little extra weight with Father’s Day this weekend.

Other players similarly skip OTAs to spend time with their families, attend classes, or travel. Players don’t have to provide any reason for why they skip the voluntary workouts, yet there remains tremendous pressure for them to conform to the wishes of their coaches and attend.

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