Too often we view athletes through one lens and one lens only: as athletes. With a full plate of armor and a helmet obscuring the faces, it’s hard to see the individual behind the facemask. Instead, they’re just pawns in the game we love so dearly.
And when we do recognize them as individuals, we tend to focus and exaggerate on the bad. Criminal histories, wonderlic tests, too-honest quotes all grab the headlines, while the charity work and goodwill often go unnoticed.
So today, on Father’s Day, let’s pull back the veil of the helmet and celebrate some of the Detroit Lions, not as players, but as dads. Thankfully, the Detroit Lions put together this great video package, celebrating some of our favorite players as child-raisers.
It’s awesome to see the veteran dads of the group, Darius Slay and Marvin Jones Jr. We can see the direct effect of their parenting right from their kids’ mouth. But it’s also nice to see the up-and-coming dads of Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate putting the work in early to become the best dad they can be.
Kelly Stafford even went a step further and shared this adorable clip of Matthew interacting with his twin girls. We rarely get a look into Matthew’s personal life, so it’s nice to see a little slice of it here:
There is that moment when you realize someone has found their calling... that not only are they extremely good at something, but are happiest when doing this certain thing. When it comes to Matthew, most people would think that would be playing football.. but it’s not. It’s right here, being on the floor with his daughters in his arms.. it’s being a father. Matthew is such an incredible man with good, strong values, that he needed to raise children in this world.. this world needs more people like him. I am so grateful that he will be setting the standard (very high) for the men in our girls’ lives. There is nothing like a father/daughter relationship and although they don’t understand it yet.. chandler and sawyer are incredibly lucky to have you on the other side of that relationship. There is no one else I could raise these children with. I love you so much Matthew, thank you for being such an amazing man. Happy Father’s Day to you and every other father out there! #daddysgirls #fathersday
To all of the Pride of Detroit family, Happy Father’s Day. If you have a father—or father figure—still in your life, tell him how appreciative you are of him. If you’re a father yourself, keep being a good dad.