Monthly Archives: July 2015

#157 – Lee Rouson



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 157 - Lee Rouson

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about swimming with their kids, anniversaries, birthday parties, and who they think will make it to the Super Bowl. They bring on former two-time Super Bowl Champ, Lee Rouson.

Lee Rouson is a former running back in the NFL for the New York Giants. He was the NFL Special Teams Player of the Year in 1986. He helped the Giants win in Super Bowl XXI. Lee attended the University of Colorado and was awarded Freshman All Big Eight, All Big Eight Honorable Mention, and Blue/Grey All Star Classic. Lee was traded to the Cleveland Browns, where he earned the starting running back position. After suffering a severe ankle injury, Rouson decided to retire, having played seven years in the NFL.

Now Lee travels around the country talking to people about making sure that they know who they are inside before judging others. Watch Lee’s speech called “I am.”

He also works with the Anti Bully Squad. Their mission is to create a permanent solution to bullying through education, awareness and prevention. Through good moral character working closely with TV, music, and sports stars, they are creating an environment which will not tolerate bullying and its adverse effects on any individual. The Anti Bully Squad also has a Text 2 Report program. Text 2 Report offers a Nationwide Anti Bully Text line that operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. With Text 2 Report, students now have the ability to text in any bully situation and remain 100% anonymous. The Anti Bully Squad does not give out the name of a student, they are assigned a case number for reference. The necessary steps are then taken to help resolve the issue in private. The information is not released, under any circumstances, unless requested by the client.

Ryan Hamilton and Art Eddy speak with Lee Rouson about his time in the NFL, fatherhood, and his work with the Anti Bully Squad.


#156 – Mick Foley



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 156 - Mick Foley

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about Art’s trips to New York City to screen Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and Sony’s “Pixels”. Read Art’s review of “Ant-Man”.

Then they bring on WWE Superstar Mick Foley.

Mick Foley, who is a 3-time WWE champion and 2-time New York Times #1 best-selling author has a one-man stage show called “Hardcore Legend: An Evening with Mick Foley. In this show Foley tells his incredible stories of is time in the WWE using humor and intensity.

Mick has taken his show worldwide with glowing praise where ever he goes. Best-selling author Paul O’Brien, writing for “The Layfield Report” wrote, “He always leaves them laughing. Laughing, standing at the end and always wanting more.” Even the decidedly non-wrestling publication “Broadway Babies” said “If you’re interested at all in wrestling, you’ll love it; if you’re not, you’ll like it.”

Mick got the nickname “The Hardcore Legend” for his uncanny trait of taking punishment in some of the most dramatic matches in sports-entertainment history. No matter if he was Cactus Jack, Mankind, or as Mick he made the WWE fans always walk away amazed from his performance.

One of Foley‘s most epic and brutal battle was with The Undertaker in 1998’s “Hell in a Cell” match, during which he was knocked unconscious after falls both off of and through the 16 foot Cell structure. Foley finished the match — with one of his front teeth lodged in his nose.

Mick wrote his autobiography of 700 pages all on notebook paper, which was later turned into “Have a Nice Day.” That book became number one on the New York Times best-seller list in October 1999. The book remained on the Times list for twenty six weeks. In 2001 Mick wrote “Foley is Good” and was on The New York Times list as well. Foley has published a total of ten books; four memoirs, four children’s books, and two novels.

We spoke with Mick about his tour, his days in the WWE and fatherhood.

Follow Mick on Twitter @RealMickFoley

For more info on Mick’s tour, check out his website.


#155 – Eddie George



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 155 - Eddie George

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about weird sport team names and what happens when a team relocates to a new city. To keep the sports theme going they bring on Tennessee Titans great Eddie George.

Eddie George had an impressive career in the NFL. He is only the second NFL running back to rush for 10,000 yards while never missing a start, joining Jim Brown. Only Walter Payton has started more consecutive regular-season games than George’s 128. In addition to the Heisman Trophy, George won several NFL Rookie of the Year awards in 1996, and was the Tennessee Titans’ starting tailback until 2003. George won the 1997 AP’s “Offensive Rookie of the Year” honors as well as four consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl from 1998-2001. He was selected in the first round by the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. Eddie led the AFC Champion Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000.

Eddie didn’t stop challenging himself after he left the NFL. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is also an actor and most importantly a father.

We had the great privilege to chat with Eddie about his time in the NFL, what motivates him now, and his views on fatherhood.

For more on Eddie George, go to EddieGeorge.com.


#154 – Dana Nachman – Batkid Begins



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 154 - Dana Nachman - Batkid Begins

In this special episode of The Life of Dad Show, Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk with Dana Nachman who is the director of the phenomenal documentary, “Batkid Begins”.

One child. One wish. Millions touched. Who would have thought a 5-year-old boy who fought leukemia would transform a city and a nation for a day? No one. Not his family. Not his friends. Not the thousands of volunteers who came from near and far to help make his wish come true. But it did.

“Batkid Begins” is a documentary that takes you back to November 15th, 2013, the day San Francisco turned into Gotham City, and the day the internet was nice. More than a billion people took to social media to cheer on BatKid, even President Obama! In all, the #SfBatKid and #BatKid hashtags reached more than 1.84 Billion people on Twitter and Instagram. This wish and this little caped crusader resonated with so many people, including us, and we wanted to find out why. For more on this film go to BatkidBegins.com

Dana Nachman is the co-founder of KTF Films. Born and raised in New York, writer/director Dana Nachman‘s films, Witch Hunt (2008), Love Hate Love (2011), and The Human Experiment (2015) have premiered and screened at the Toronto, Tribeca, IDFA, AFI and Cinequest Film Festivals.

She has won numerous prizes including 3 Emmy Awards, The Edward R Murrow Award, The Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Cinequest Film Festival. She has received more than a dozen grants for her work including grants from the Tribeca Institute, Fledgling Fund and the Pacific Pioneer Fund. Nachman‘s films have been seen by millions of people on various networks including MSNBC and the Oprah Winfrey Network.


#153 – Mike Greenberg



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 153 - Mike Greenberg

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy share what they each did for the 4th of July weekend. Then they bring on ESPN’s Mike Greenberg to the show.

Mike Greenberg is the co-host of ESPN’s “Mike and Mike”, and is the author of the New York Times bestselling books “All You Could Ask For”, “Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot”, and “Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life”. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a native of New York City. He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Mike‘s latest book is “My Father’s Wives: A Novel”, a poignant story of one man’s search to understand himself, his marriage, and his father.

Recently Mike has teamed up with Dove Men+Care. He has voiced a few of the spots for them. The most recent video showcases men learning that they will be fathers.

Art was able to chat with Mike about his involvement with Dove Men+Care, his work at ESPN, fatherhood, and sports.

Follow Mike on Twitter @Espngreeny and use the hashtag #RealStrength with @DoveMenCare.