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11:18 AM ET 01.30 | There has been a lot of speculation over the last several weeks about what was going on with David Akers in the Eagles' 21-16 playoff lost to the Packers, when he uncharacteristically missed two field goals, one from 41 yards and the other from 34 On the Friday before the Eagles faced Green Bay in the playoffs three weeks ago, Akers was at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with his 6-year-old daughter, Halley, snaking through a course of tests that led them, unexpectedly, to the oncology floor. The doctors told Akers that a cyst in his daughter's left ovary had to be removed. They did not say the word, but Akers knew the possibility: cancer.

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January 30, 2011  11:23 AM ET

Sorry to hear about that. Akers has always been a classy guy. Maybe this will keep some percentage of Philly's fans from throwing batteries at him next season.

January 30, 2011  11:25 AM ET

Man a six year old. that's sad.

January 30, 2011  11:38 AM ET

Been through that personally. Sorry Eagle fans but if this is close to true he gets a major pass.

January 30, 2011  11:46 AM ET

Parents worst nightmare... hope all is well in the end.

January 30, 2011  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Parents worst nightmare... hope all is well in the end.

I agree one hundred percent with you. We had an eight year old girl speak in front of the student body at my school the other day in the hopes of raising money for the children's hospital in my area. The poor kid had something like 31 chemo treatments. I can't even imagine a nightmare like that. I hope Akers' kid recovers fully.

January 30, 2011  11:57 AM ET

A little perspective on the importance of the game this morning. Best of luck Halley.

January 30, 2011  12:13 PM ET

I wish David Akers daughter all the best! As a parent I will say family always comes first.

January 30, 2011  12:17 PM ET

Makes one realize just how unimportant football can be doesn't it? Good luck to the Akers family.

January 30, 2011  12:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Been through that personally. Sorry Eagle fans but if this is close to true he gets a major pass.

He already got a pass in my book. I was willing to excuse him on the unusually strong wind conditions alone. David Akers is clutch 9 out of 10 times.

January 30, 2011  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He already got a pass in my book. I was willing to excuse him on the unusually strong wind conditions alone. David Akers is clutch 9 out of 10 times.

Yep... the one kicker today that walks on the field and leaves us Cowboys fans knowing an automatic three is about to go on the board. Clutch as they come.

January 30, 2011  01:35 PM ET

One word......focus for 4 seconds twice. If you can't do that then you should have stayed home with her. Lot's of players deal with death and disease in their families and perform. Sorry to hear about his daughter and wish the family the best.

January 30, 2011  01:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

One word......focus for 4 seconds twice. If you can't do that then you should have stayed home with her. Lot's of players deal with death and disease in their families and perform. Sorry to hear about his daughter and wish the family the best.

That's 5 words putz, and clearly you're not a parent.

January 30, 2011  03:33 PM ET

No way could I concentrate on anything but my daughter in this situation.

January 30, 2011  04:24 PM ET
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That's 5 words putz, and clearly you're not a parent.

Only a putz would understand one word vs 5 is a joke. In honor of my boy Arthur on the King of Queens.

January 30, 2011  04:25 PM ET

I guess I'm a putz though for not putting "Only a putz "would not" understand". That makes us the Putz brothers (yes, even if you are a chick)

January 30, 2011  04:26 PM ET
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No way could I concentrate on anything but my daughter in this situation.

Then you wouldn't have played. I could give him a pass for not playing.

January 30, 2011  04:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Then you wouldn't have played. I could give him a pass for not playing.

Dude-go sit in Children's hospital with the little bald babies and kids. I did for 7 months straight. I still went to work and went through the motions, but life isn't the same. Akers probably thought he would be letting his teammates down to not show-up. Let it go.

January 30, 2011  04:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Then you wouldn't have played. I could give him a pass for not playing.

But you call Cutler a quitter when pulled by the medical staff with a torn MCL?

January 30, 2011  04:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Dude-go sit in Children's hospital with the little bald babies and kids. I did for 7 months straight. I still went to work and went through the motions, but life isn't the same. Akers probably thought he would be letting his teammates down to not show-up. Let it go.

Forget it Frank. The guy probably calls in sick with a cough but expects players to play on one leg.

 
January 30, 2011  04:58 PM ET

What a bunch of.......babies. I guess if he was a cop and didn't concentrate for 4 seconds and his partner got shot we'd all forgive him. Get real.

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