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What It's Like to Have an NFL Dad 65

  • Posted by: Joely Rice
  • January 21, 2011, 6:16 PM


This story starts when I texted New York Giants offensive lineman Rich Seubert after their huge, 31-7 December win over the Washington Redskins (if they had lost, I wasn’t going to send the text). I asked him if I could meet his kids to ask “What is it like to have a dad in the NFL?”

No more than 30 seconds later he replied “sounds good!” (You’re probably wondering how I got his cell phone number. Well that would be my dad. He helped out Rich and his football buddies one time while they were turkey hunting in Upstate New York and one the players locked his keys in the truck!)

This season, Rich played left guard and also filled in at center when Shaun O’Hara was injured, doing an excellent job hiking the ball to Eli Manning. Rich is from a small town in Wisconsin. There were only about 40 kids in his high school graduating class. That’s where he met his wife, Jodi. Some 13 years later he still travels back home and goes fishing. But nowadays, it is with his two sons, Hunter (age 6) and Isaac (3).

He invited us by his house to meet up. I was scared to go in, but then Isaac opened the door with his dog and a big smile on his face, and everything was good. Hunter was in the basement playing Wii football, yelling up to dad to fix the remote again. So we all ended up in the basement talking while Hunter tossed a Nerf football to his dad and Isaac laughed and asked me if I wanted to play with his construction trucks.

Hunter is a Rich Junior, through and through. Life is all about football, fishing, and four-wheeling. If you walk in his bedroom there is a big “Seubert 69” flag hanging above the closet door. When dad gets home and school is out, it is either football inside or on the back lawn. If you ask him what position he wants to play, it’s receiver (but dad will tell you “We hike in this house!”). Isaac pulled me around his room to show me his games. Rich calls Isaac Smiley because he is always happy and mom’s helper. Besides dad as their super hero, it’s Batman for Isaac and Ben 10 for Hunter. (With number three coming this spring, I bet it will be Cinderella because girls rule!)

You know how teachers want us to read every night? Mom let us know the boys like a bunch of books before bedtime, and starting this year Hunter reads and dad falls asleep first.

When Hunter is visiting grandpa Seubert back home in Wisconsin, he hops out of bed and asks grandpa “Do you want to take me four-wheeling?” Besides that, the most fun is fishing on grandpa’s pond, catching crappies and bluegill.

If you ask the brothers if they get to hang out with their dad’s football buddies, it’s tight end Kevin Boss they talk about. Kevin better not mess with Hunter, who has a blue belt in karate. When the Giants are home in the New Meadowlands Stadium, mom and the boys sit close enough to wave. If they win, they stay and hug dad. And if they lose? “We just go,” Hunter says, joking around just like his dad does.

So I really wanted to know if Hunter remembered his dad lifting him up on the field after winning Super Bowl XLII. After his dad says “you don’t remember that,” Hunter grins and says, “Yeah, he was all wet.” I got to try on Rich’s Super Bowl ring; it fit over two of my fingers!

Before we left, Rich got out his cell phone and took a picture of his boys and sent it to my older sister Jordan’s phone. She really wanted to come but was back home cheering at her first game. Rich wrote her a note, something like, “wish you were here.” This is just the kind of down-to-earth guy he is.

Being around the Seubert’s even for a bit just makes you want to be around them more. The neat part is, home is pretty normal with school, toys, visits to grandparents, and lots of games with dad, especially football. Next time you watch the Giants look for #69. He is a cool dad!

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65 Comments

It would be cool but I like my dad just the way he is =) !!!!!!

Rick is beast

This was so awsome that im not blinking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rich is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I want to

you would get rich!

that is awesome

Rich Seubert must have to go through a lot what being an NFL player AND being a father

I used to know a Joley Rice. In the event this is the same gal, an awesome article.

Its cool how even famous athletes still have a similar family life like us. Great job!

yes it is due.

Sweet, awesome report. Keep it up kiddo.

That is cool you got to meet a NFL player, i would be honored to meet him like you did. Keep up the good work.

soooooooooo coooooooool

wowzzzaaaa what a great article!!! I wish my dad was in the NFL!!! =~P

hey good job.
your mom's friend made me do this.
you should be a reporter you smart cookie.

it must be cool to have a NFL Dad

Good article its cool that you got to meet an NFL player keep up the good work go for gold.

joely what a great article this was, it was interesting to read!!!!

very well done!!! :)

Great article...feel like we know him much more personally! What a neat guy to do that!

Wow, Joely you did a really good job!(:

My first thought when I saw the picture was, "Wow! He's HUGE!" How awesome it is to have a connection with Rich and his family. Seems like both families are benefitting! Great reporting!!!

hey this artical rocked you realy have a talent in things irealy enjoyed reading it

Two whole fingers! thats crazy!!!!!!

I think it would be really great to have a football player as a dad. I wish I had a football player as a dad.

That was cool that you got to have these opertunities to meet someone like that.Wish my dad was a football player, but he is what he is.I really dont like the whole theme of football.I like baseball, but i will like the Giants for them.

Great job I realy liked this artical thing it was realy great

That is cool that you get these oportiunities to do this kind of stuff i would love to do that but that will never happen. Will you ever post anything else about hin because all though i dont really like anything about the giants I would like to hear more about this plz.

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