What does fatherhood mean to you?
It is the highest honor that’s ever been bestowed upon me. I feel responsible for my son’s life. Many are called, but few men really understand what fatherhood requires. It requires hard work and patience!
What is the best part of being a dad?
The best part has been watching my son grow from birth to becoming a teenager. I’m so excited for his future. When he is asking me for advice or being honored at school, all I can think is, this is my son!
What is your proudest moment as a dad?
There’s no way I can single one moment out. The proud moments feel good when you least expect them. I couldn’t hold back tears while watching my son finish middle school, because I was reflecting on his very first day. I was also very proud when my son won his first state championship in football, which was something I was never able to accomplish.
What do you and your child do for fun?
Marquise and I enjoy traveling and competing against each other. He is at the age where he can finally beat his dad! So he enjoys reminding me that I have lost a step. We hang out together at baseball games and watch movies from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. He thinks those times were so cool.
What is the hardest part about being a dad?
The hardest part for me is finding balance. As a father, you wear many hats – discipline and guidance included! It’s hard for me to discipline my son at times because I am so still so young and remember doing a few of those things myself.
What kind of dad do you strive to be?
I strive to be a man who has God first in my life. I want my son to see me as a hard-working leader who demonstrates morals and values to others. I hope he respects me for the journey I’m on to raise him!
Describe your funniest moment as a dad.
It’s always when I attend a parent meeting at the school and someone asks me if I am one of the students! Or the times when I see my son making fun of me or one of my famous speeches!
What would you hope that your son would say about you if asked what kind of a dad he has?
A father who loves him unconditionally, who works hard to show him the road of life and the main principles needed to help others. And maybe that I can still beat him in a race, too!
What is the most important piece of advice you’ve received about fatherhood?
That it’s more than a 10-letter word. It’s a lifetime commitment that provides eternal rewards.
What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad?
It’s knowing I can still achieve all of my personal goals while helping my son advance at the same time. The possibility of hearing my son’s name as graduate one day is what inspires me to be a father every day.