Monthly Archives: April 2015

#143 – Fred Jackson



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 143 - Fred Jackson

Tommy Riles tells Art Eddy about how this past weekend he hosted the red carpet and was the master of ceremonies for the Daytime Emmy Awards. The guys then bring on Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson.

We here at Life of Dad love to celebrate fatherhood. We think being a father is the best thing in the world. We know the importance of being a good role model to our kids. We were happy to see the Toyota video with current and former NFL stars sharing their thoughts on fatherhood.

The online video highlights professional football players and their children, including iconic quarterback and former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Kurt Warner and former linebacker LaVar Arrington, as well as current professional football stars, running back Fred Jackson and defensive end DeMarcus Ware.

Fred Jackson is a great father. He feels that being a dad is the most important thing. We were able to speak with Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson on the work he did with Toyota, fatherhood, and some football.

Follow Fred Jackson on Twitter @Fred22Jackson


#142 – Sean Jensen



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 142 - Sean Jensen

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about Tim Tebow coming back to the NFL. They also talks sports with their guest, author Sean Jensen.

What is your passion? If you looked up to someone in the field you wanted to work in would you contact that person? Well, Sean Jensen did just that. During his high school years Sean was living with his family in Virginia. He loved sports. He loved reading about sports in the Washington Post and USA Today. Two of his favorite journalists are Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser of the Washington Post. He’d ask them about what they wrote. He’d ask them about what they were going to write. Wilbon even gave Sean some career advice.

Fast forward to his time right out of college he started working for a newspaper covering the Green Bay Packers. He went to fourteen Super Bowls for work. He got cover the Olympics. He got to cover The Masters. He was living the dream. He accomplished his high school goal of becoming a sports journalist. Then he gave it all up.

What would make Sean leave his dream job? Fatherhood. When Sean saw that his son needed him around instead of covering the ins and outs of the NFL, Jensen left his career. He wanted to be there for his son and daughter. Being adopted and not knowing his biological father made him vow to make sure that if he had kids that he would be there for him.

While reading to his kids Sean found that the books on athletes were not putting a spotlight on the person. Sean wanted to make children’s books that focused more on the person than the athlete. He came up with a concept and worked with Chicago Bears great Brian Urlacher, to create the book, “Middle School Rules”.

We had the great pleasure of talking with Sean about the book, “Middle School Rules”, fatherhood, and his passion for sports and journalism.

Follow Sean on Twitter @seankjensen

Get “Middle School Rules” here.


#141 – Booker T. Huffman



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 141 - Booker T. Huffman

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about Art’s trip to Washington D.C. and meeting up with Ryan Hamilton. They talk a little baseball and bring on WWE Superstar, Booker T.

Booker Tio Huffman Jr. wanted to be man of the people. He wanted wrestling fans to like him and accept him. As he rose up to new heights in the world of wrestling fans made sure that they were there to support him. Booker T will always cherish those fans.

Booker T, who is a 2013 WWE Hall of Famer and winner of 35 championship titles within WWE, WCW, and TNA, has once again paired up with best-selling writer Andrew William Wright to uncover Booker T‘s story from his humble pro wrestling beginnings to becoming a global superstar and icon.“Booker T: My Rise to Wrestling Royalty” chronicles two turbulent and hard-hitting decades with Booker T as he journeyed through World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

During this time Booker T blazed a trail of pro wrestling success on a road that took him from his tag team days in Harlem Heat, to his unparalleled singles career that drew millions around the world to WCW’s Monday Nitro, and onward through his unforgettable matches that led to him taking the throne as King Booker and becoming the World Heavyweight Champion.

Follow Booker T on Twitter @BookerT5x

Get his book, “Booker T: My Rise to Wrestling Royalty”, here!


#140 – Darius Rucker



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 140 - Darius Rucker

This week on The Life of Dad Show, Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about Opening Day of the Major League Baseball, baseball cards, and what happened to a Mickey Mantle rookie card that Tommy’s dad had growing up. Then Art got a chance to talk with Country Music star, Darius Rucker.

When Art was growing up, he remembered seeing the Hootie and the Blowfish video, “Only Wanna Be with You”. That was the first time he heard of the group. As a sports fan seeing a band that played great music and also have the likes of Dan Marino, Fred Couples, Alonzo Mourning, and Muggsy Bogues in their video was pretty cool. So he picked up the album and became a fan of their music. Art thought the lead singer of the band, Darius Rucker had such a unique voice. That was one of the reasons why he enjoyed their music right away.

A few years back Art saw that Darius went out on his own with a solo Country album. Going into another genre of music must have been tough, but as you will see in the interview with Darius it wasn’t that big of a transition. Rucker now has just released his latest album called “Southern Style” that you can purchase on iTunes.

Darius took the time out of his busy schedule to talk with Art about his new album, sports, and fatherhood.