CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 14: Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears runs through smoke during player introductions before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 27-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Devin Hester
All fathers like to brag about their kids. Being a professional football player doesn't change that.
Hester, who will soon start writing a column for Chicago Parent magazine, shares adventures with his son, Devin Jr. He took his son to the beach and tweeted pictures of his little man as they left the beach, saying, "I guess he seen all da ladies at da beach and is ready to go watch cartoons now." (sic) He later sent out a picture of his son sleeping in his car seat.
Hester's teammate on the receiving corps, Earl Bennett, shared the simple act of hanging out with his 1-month-old, the son born just days before the Bears played the Packers in the playoff. He showed pictures of his son, bragging, "This lil guy is gonna b a big baby 11lbs n just 1 month." (sic)
Linebacker and special teams player Rod Wilson was kind enough to share his advice for all the dads out there. "Kids look up to their dads. Set good examples. Be a good role model," he tweeted. "Understand that there is nothing more important than time with your kids. No material thing could ever replace that."
What's amazing about Twitter and Facebook is that the athletes can break down barriers between fans and football stars. When the wall is knocked down, football players aren't all that different from any other fathers.