What does fatherhood mean to you?

Fatherhood is a big word. Without looking it up in the dictionary, I know that it's something that all men in this world can't carry.

When I was playing football, I didn’t see my children very much. It was difficult to be there for them all of the time. I can see how much they missed out when I wasn't home. I doesn’t matter what job I have in the future. I know that I will be there for my kids when they need me most. That’s fatherhood. We all have to figure that out if we want to be the best dads we can be!

What is the best part of being a dad?

It’s watching my kids grow up and seeing how they adjust to things in their cycle of life. Every time they do something it reminds me of my younger days and that sits with you for the rest of your life. I know one day they will be adults and I’ll utter that timeless response, "Where did the time go! They grow up so fast."

What is your proudest moment as a dad?

My proudest moment is when I see my kids frustrated over and over again trying to accomplish something and then they figure it out by themselves. The look on their faces after it's done is priceless. That makes me proud, very proud. I am smiling just reminiscing about that now.

What do you and your children do for fun?

My kids and I do a lot of different things to have fun together...

We cook together, go to the park, the mountains, ice skate as a group, take pictures of nature and read books together. The biggest thing we do for fun is go for a ride every Thursday with our windows down so we can see the world move.

What is the hardest part about being a dad?

The hardest part is dealing with the stresses of day-to-day things you may deal with as a father. No one ever said it would be easy, but the benefits of being a strong, loving father will last forever in your children’s minds.

What kind of dad do you strive to be?

I strive to be a dad who has a lot of energy for my kids. It doesn’t matter how I feel, I want to make sure I never fall short for my kids!!

Describe your funniest moment as a dad.

I have two of those. I can remember both of my daughters puking on me in the bed when they were each about 9 or 10 months old. It was a mess! The worst part was that I didn’t have a shirt on at the time.

What would you hope that your kids would say about you if asked what kind of a dad they have?

I hope my kids would say "Our dad’s tough on us, but he loves us with a big heart!"

What is the most important piece of advice you've received about fatherhood?

Cherish every single day because those kids grow like wild flowers.

What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad?

The most inspiring "moments" are telling my three rug rats that I love them every day. When I was a kid I didn't have too many of those from my dad.