- 06/16/2013, 03:30PM ET
Mrlns Fn said 06/16, 03:32 PM
Pick one per argument.
I'm going with Tim Duncan as my first choice.
Duncan has logged an illustrious 16 year NBA career. I don't want to get too boring with all the stats and accolades so I'll just briefly mention a few outstanding achievements here.
Earned his degree at Wake Forest.
Rookie of the year in 1997-98.
Four time NBA champion, with a very real possibility of a fifth this year.
Two time NBA MVP.
Three time NBA Finals MVP.
Fourteen time All Star.
Ten time All NBA First team.
Only player in NBA history to be named to All NBA and All Defensive teams his first 13 years.
Generally recognized as the greatest power forward of all time.
As you can see, and as you undoubtedly already knew, Duncan's career speaks for itself. If Timmy retired right now he would go down as one of the greatest NBA players, ever. Unquestionably.
But that's not strictly why I would be proud of him if I were his (admittedly younger) father.
Duncan spent his entire career with the Spurs. Remarkable. No one does that anymore. But Duncan did, and his loyalty earns extra points.
And there's never been even a hint of controversy around Tim.
DO_WORK_SON said 06/16, 08:47 PM
Matt Birk - Center - Baltimore Ravens (Announced retirement in February 2013)
Super Bowl Champion
Ed Block Courage Award (2006)
Walter Payton Man of the Year Award (2011)
As if the above isn't enough, Matt Birk is a man that stands firm in his convictions. He chose not to be a part of the Ravens' visit to the White House due to President Obama's support of Planned Parenthood. In addition to his pro-life stance, he's been a very outspoken advocate of traditional marriage.
Many may disagree with his views, but I applaud him for being such a fearless leader and refusing to conform. If he were my child, I would be about as proud as a papa can be.
Mrlns Fn said 06/17, 12:48 AM
The man is 42 and he has 23 saves and a 1.48 ERA. And it's not even surprising. This is what Mo does. He's the beef closer ever (for whatever that's worth) and he's a New York Yankees icon. The man has dominated virtually his entire career (except for that ill advised stint as a starter) and he doesn't seem to be losing anything at all despite his advanced age. Seems like Rivera could pitch as long as he wants, and the baseball fan in me wishes he could. Baseball wont be the same without Mariano Rivera, if you know what I mean.
Everyone already knows Rivera's status as a lifelong Yankee and as the GOAT of closers.
Not as many people know about what kind of outstanding individual Rivera really is.
Did you know that Rivera is currently on an "unsung heroes" farewell tour, meaning before each of Rivera's final road games at whatever particular stadium the Yankees happen to be at Rivera is doing something nice for the little people behind he scenes.
For example, Rivera recently played his final game in Oakland. Before the game he personally delivered a piazza to a long time A's mail room worker.
Class act. I'd be proud.
DO_WORK_SON said 06/17, 11:57 AM
4x Olympic Gold
2x Olympic Silver
8x World Championship Gold
1x World Championship Silver
1x World Championship Bronze
Allyson Felix is one of the greatest female athletes in the world. This is supported by the fact that she is the reigning Olympic Champion in the 200 meters. Her on-the-track accomplishments speak for themselves.
Felix is also a humanitarian, involved in multiple charities. She is an ambassador for Right to Play, an organisation that uses sports to help children with development, health, and peace.
Furthermore, Felix is an active participant in the US Anti-Doping Agency's "Project Believe" program, and she is regularly tested to ensure that her body is free of performance-enhancing drugs. With so many athletes looking for the "competitive edge," especially in a sport such as Track and Field, it is refreshing to have one of the best proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is competing fairly.
Mrlns Fn said 06/17, 05:15 PM
So far I've focused on athletes who excelled in sports as well as in life in general, but being a father is about so much more than that. A good dad will be proud of his children simply for making he right choices in life and for standing up for their convictions. Athletic excellence is a nice bonus but it's not necessarily critical as far as being proud of your kids.
Tebow had an outstanding collegiate career. Plenty of athletic achievements... plenty to be proud of. Tebow's NFL career has been less extraordinary but it's not over, so it remains to be seen at how much he can accomplish as a pro football player.
But if Tim were my son I would be proud of him for a much different reason.
The man is a class act.
Not once has Tebow publicly said something negative about anybody. Not teammates, not coaches, not the media who publicly ridicule him, not anonymous teammates who publicly ridicule him, not fans who publicly ridicule him on the internet... nobody.
Tebow is a man of faith and adheres to the "turn the other cheek" philosophy. Which is so hard to do, especially when your name is being dragged through the mud repeatedly.
DO_WORK_SON said 06/18, 06:53 PM
That Tebow argument is CLUTCH... Believe it or not, your final argument is very similar to what my final argument was going to be.
From NCAA champion to discarded scrub...
Cut by the Cleveland Cavaliers...
Cut by the San Antonio Spurs (Twice)...
Perseverance pays off... If the Spurs win the NBA Championship, he's sure to be the MVP.
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