NFL Father’s Day Video Shows Kids Opening Up About Their Famous Dads
"All the things a parent fears is that we are doing the right thing." - Vince Wilfork
Father's Day is special for just about every family. It's the one day a year that we take the time out to properly celebrate and thank our fathers. For players in the NFL, the day has even more meaning. With training camp right around the corner, it's one of the last days that they have the opportunity to truly hang out and relax with their families. Once the calendar flips to July, work takes precedent. The players go off to their training camps, staying in hotels and focusing on their livelihood, rather than getting a chance to be around their kids.
Courtyard, the "Official Hotel of the NFL”, released a video of children being asked what makes their dad special. The coolest part was that their fathers were all NFL players, who were also listening in the next room. To be honest, it doesn't take much for us to get a little teary eyed, so this one had us misty relatively instantly.
After drying our eyes, we had a chance to talk to Vince Wilfork of the Houston Texans about both Father's Day and football and he was just as moved as we were by the video.
"I was just looking and hearing my kids talk. So far, I'm a good parent and a great father. It was awesome to just hear those things, what my kids think about me. They don’t let me in like that. For me to hear them talk about me like that. It was overwhelming," said Wilfork to SportsGrid.
It was clear from the video, the amount of admiration that the children had for their NFL star fathers. But even on Father's Day, it doesn't take much to make Wilfork happy.
"A fishing pole, golf balls" said Wilfork. "I’m not a big person into holidays. My kids always ask me what I want for my birthday, Father’s day, Christmas. I’m just happy to be living."
Wilfork is just enjoying these last dew days of the offseason with his family. Once July starts, it's all business. "I block out the world," Wilfork said. "From July 5th all the way until training camp is over. It gets tough, you miss them, but you have a job to do. You don’t understand what you have until you’re away from them. They can drive me crazy sometimes, but when I’m away from them, they understand I love them to death."
At 34 years old, Wilfork is one of the veteran leaders of the Texans. Wilfork has been in the league for so long, that some of his ex-teammates are now coaches. One of those ex-teammates is one of his coaches. However, Wilfork says playing under Mike Vrabel is anything but weird. In fact, Wilfork considers it a privilege.
"He was probably the smartest player I’ve ever played with ever. That includes Tom Brady, Ed Reed, Jerod Mayo, Tedy Bruschi. All of them are smart players. When it comes to Vrabel, there isn’t anyone else I’ve played with that knows the game in and out like Mike Vrabel," Wilfork emphatically said.
Just like his loyalty to his family, Wilfork has a strong team first mentality. He has played in the NFL for 12 years and is more than willing to do anything to help his team win. That includes getting his number called on offense, like teammate, J.J. Watt.
"Anything that touches my hands, I would catch it," Wilfork told SportsGrid. "Trust me, all my career I've tried to get on the offensive side of the ball. I would do anything to help my team. You call my number, I’ll be ready."
But this weekend, for Vince Wilfork, is not about football. It's about one last opportunity to spend quality time around his kids before the insanity of football season takes over. So what is the big 340 pound defensive tackle going to eat on a holiday celebrating him? He hopes not BBQ.
"If it's BBQ, I'm going to have to cook. I have no plans on cooking."
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