Dr. Meg – from the NFL’s Fatherhood Initiative:
We don’t often (ever?) associate the NFL with parenting. As a pediatrician, I get it. These gifted athletes come to the NFL to play well, help get their team to the Super Bowl, draw large crowds and well, make money for the organization. That’s all good, but I know that there’s more to these men than meets the eye, and my job as their advocate, is to help each one who is willing, to build upon and show off his skills as a father.
Don’t underestimate the importance of this task because we, who work with the NFL, have an important charge. Millions are watching the players and their families and I want these folks to see what’s right with their families, not the mistakes that they are making. And I do believe that we’re off to a great start.
I sat down with LaVar Arrington, David Tyree, Benjamin Watson, London Fletcher and Mike Adams to chat about fatherhood. What I experienced thrilled me and now I understand why – their fathering skills all make sense.
These men are trained to be good Dads: they are highly disciplined, they listen to what someone wiser says, they know how to have the back of someone they care about, they don’t always have to have their way and they are strong and know how to persevere. Football has taught them these things, but these are all skills that every good father needs and as far as I’m concerned, if a player has these things, he’s most of the way towards being a great Dad.