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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

GOOD LUCK JOELY! I ALSO REALLY LIKED YOUR ARTICAL.

Wow Joely this is amazing work, Iwish I could do this someday. I hope you win!

hi

Joely this is such a good article. It is very cool how your dad helped a football player out. Also how you actully got to meet him and his kids. His kids are so adorable and its nice he actully spends time with them. Because some football player dads bardley ever see there kids.

I really liked this artyicle for many reasons. It is amazing how much talent you have with making stories.

Good Job Joely.. you are so lucky. I kinda wish i couold do this!

Oh yea jolie you did an amazing job and ur only in sixth grade, hey mabey I will be a reporter with you I have always wanted to meet some soccer players. This is Casey Feehan reporting back to you!!!

I really like how you went and desided to do this challenge and try an win so then we can all congraguate you on winnig it. I hope you win.

Wow! That would be awesome if my dad was that famous! You ROCK Joely Rice!

It would be cool to have a dad that was in the NFL of to even to meet dad of someone who was in the NFL. It must have been cool to meet his family and to learn what they did as a family.

Joely it would be awsome if my dad was a football player. But my favorite team is the New England Patriots. The Giants are preaty good also.

I like the pic a lot have fun i enoged the readings

Wonderful article Joely!!!!!!!! I enjoyed reading it, it is a great article to do and an unique articel and it had really gotten my attention that you did this article on facts about these kids having a dad that is a football player. Keep up all of the good work you have done so far. I really enjoyed it. :) :D =)

Hey Joely! Awsome Writing! You have a real talent here, and i hope u stick with it! Good Luck to your further writng and blogging! See you in school!-BananaLover<3 :) :D =) I really enjoyed it!(:

Joely great job!!I enoged reading the articall it is rally cool have fun

I think it woulnd't be cool to have a football player as a dad because he woulnd never be their because he woulnd be at games.

That was an awesome blog. I wish I was that creative.I have also meet a New York Giants player with my Granpa. I met Kevin Boss He is really tall. You are like a natural. Keep it up!

Wow I loved it alot! Hope you write some more it was a very intresting article becouse not many people write about something like that everyday! I loved how he is so caring about his family with such a big career.

That is an awesome dad I like that team

Also its like you are a natural, keep up the good work Joely!

That is a awsome blog!I only have one thing to say, that was so cool!Hope he does not lose his keys again! haha

Excellent article Joely. You are so natural at this. You know how to pick out an idea and make it into a story. Everyone loves hearing about positive athletes who live in a spotlight, but are still the typical day-to-day husband and father. It is easy to forget that the men we watch on the field on Sundays are people too and you did an excellent job reminding all of us of this. I cannot wait to see more of your work.

Joely Rice is a star in the making! With her good looks, easy manner with the mike and graceful demeanor, she captures the viewers attention and retains it. Outstanding and professional.

awsome :D

cool ur lucky my dads a lawyer. hey btw how do u get a blog, tell me when u can plz

yeah do not look @ my teams....random teams because i couldnt find a ohio state one....

This is great. You have some great connections and are using them very wisely.

awesomeness

Now I will be looking for this guy next year! Sounds like a fantastic guy...you are a lucky girl to get this experience!

Your the best :) get well!!!!!!!!!!

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