What does fatherhood mean to you?
It means the world to me to be a part of the lives of two children that have changed me as a person. I now see the big picture and understand what it means to be selfless. AJ and Amari look up to me. They watch my every move. Knowing that helps me be a responsible and loving person.
What is the best part of being a dad?
Seeing AJ and Amari smile and enjoy life.
What is your proudest moment as a dad?
Watching both children move through different life stages. Now, they are moving on to the next level of school. It is truly a blessing for me to be a part of their lives.
AJ and Amari have gone through a lot of changes since their mother's divorce, but through it all they’ve had positive attitudes and they come to us for encouragement and assurance that everything is fine.
What do you and your children do for fun?
We go to the movies and play sports. The three of us also really enjoying playing the Rockband video game.
What is the hardest part about being a dad?
Knowing that I can't take the pain away on their tough days.
What kind of dad do you strive to be?
One that is understanding and supportive. I want them to know that they can come to me for anything.
Describe your funniest moment as a dad.
The day AJ’s mother and I got married, AJ did a cool dance routine while walking down the aisle. He made everyone smile. My wife and I couldn’t stop laughing.
What would you hope that your kids would say about you if asked what kind of a dad they have?
I would hope they’d say that I was always there for them and that they knew I loved them very much.
What is the most important piece of advice you’ve received about fatherhood?
Be patient and be a good listener.
What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad?
Last year was our son A.J.’s first year playing full contact football. He was very timid in the beginning and didn’t know what to expect. During the first game of the season AJ was playing defense where he got his first quarterback sack. After tackling the quarterback he jumped up and looked over at me and screamed, “YEAH!!!” That’s when I knew his fear was gone.