Monthly Archives: February 2014

#82 – Johny Hendricks



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 82 - Johny Hendricks

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about birthday parties for their kids, warming up a crowd at the Kid’s Choice Awards, and memory loss. They also are pleased to have Top UFC Welterweight Contender Johny Hendricks on this week’s show.

Johny Hendricks can’t wait for March 15th. On that date he will look to win the Welterweight title when he goes up against Robbie Lawler in UFC 171. In his UFC career he has a record of 15-2. He has won eight of those fight by knocking out his opponent. Not that many people want to go into the octagon with Hendricks.

You might have seen Johny in action on TV with his Reebok commercial with fellow athletes Knowshon Moreno and Aly Raisman. When Hendricks is not training he spends time with his family and also loves to go hunting and play golf.

If you follow Johny on Twitter you know he is very proud dad and loves to spend time with his daughters. I was able to catch up with Johny while he was taking a break from training to talk about his upcoming fight, training, fatherhood, and the stereotypes of UFC fighters.


#81 – Titus Welliver



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 81 - Titus Welliver

Tom Riles and Art Eddy chat about going to the grocery store and that magic moment of picking up a tangerine. Plus the guys have the great pleasure to have actor Titus Welliver on the show.

Titus Welliver is starring in one of the first Amazon Studio’s series pilot called “Bosch”. He plays the lead role of a Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective named Harry Bosch. The series is based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch book series.

Welliver is no stranger to being in critically acclaimed films and television series. He was known as the “Man in Black” in the TV series “Lost”. He also played the role of Glenn Childs in the TV show “The Good Wife”.

Last year, Welliver was in both films “ARGO” and “Promised Land”. Titus didn’t stop working hard this year either. He finished wrapping up the filming of “Transformers 4: Age of Existence” which is set to be out in theaters this summer.

Titus was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about “Bosch”, “Transformers 4: Age of Existence”, fatherhood, “Lost”, and more.


#80 – CHD Awareness Week w. Aaron Boone, Greg Olsen & Channing Frye



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 80 - CHD Awareness Week w. Aaron Boone, Greg Olsen & Channing Frye

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about the importance of CHD Awareness Week. Tom’s daughter, Barbara, was born with a congenital heart defect, and now, almost four years later, she is thriving.

Former baseball player for the Reds, Yankees, and Astros, Aaron Boone joins the guys to talk about his heart condition. In the middle of a successful career, Boone had open-heart surgery in 2009 to replace a bicuspid aortic valve. Later that year, Boone returned to play for the Houston Astros, and currently he is a broadcaster for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.

Next, Tom and Art welcome current Carolina Panthers tight end, Greg Olsen. One of the toughest players in the NFL, Olsen admits that the strongest member of his family is his 16 month old son, TJ, who was born with HLHS. TJ has already recovered from two open-heart surgeries, leading his parents to raise funds for other kids with CHDs with the HEARTest Yard Fund.

Finally, the guys chat with Channing Frye, current member of the Phoenix Suns, who missed all of last season due to a heart defect. Frye has an enlarged heart via dilated cardiomypathy. Frye has started up the “One Heart” t-shirt campaign for his foundation, the Frye Family Foundation.

*This show was recorded in memory of Holden Flynn, son of proud parents, Trey and Nicole Flynn.


#79 – Chad Pennington



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 79 - Chad Pennington

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk all things Super Bowl. Tom asks Art about his experience at the Super Bowl in New Jersey. Art talks about the pre game activities, the game, Bruno Mars, and what it was like to scratch something of his bucket list.

Keeping with the football theme the guys invite former New York Jets and Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington on the show.

Chad Pennington played in the NFL for eleven years. He was selected by the New York Jets in the first round in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played for the Jets then played for the Miami Dolphins. Chad won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award twice. He is the NFL’s all-time leader in career completion percentage. He is currently a color analyst for NFL telecasts on FOX.

Besides having a great career in the NFL, Chad and his wife, Robin, started up the 1st and 10 Foundation. That organization was created to build stronger communities by funding programs to help improve quality of life. They are also busy with their three sons, who love to play outdoors just like their dad.

Chad talks about his time in the NFL, fatherhood, winning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award, and his foundation.