Monthly Archives: February 2016

#192 – Michael Strahan



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 192 - Michael Strahan

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy are very happy to welcome Michael Strahan as their guest this week as part of their collaboration with Meta Wellness and the Heart 2 Heart campaign. In celebration of Heart Month this February, Meta and Michael Strahan launched the Heart 2 Heart campaign to encourage men across the country to have important health conversations with their loved ones this February and beyond.

Michael Strahan - Meta Wellness - Heart 2 Heart

As a catalyst for conversation, the Heart 2 Heart campaign is providing a first-hand look at how easy it is to have a heart health talk with your loved one through a new video showcasing Michael Strahan’s intimate conversation with his father, Gene — and tips on how to help your loved one jumpstart their heart-healthy routine with Meta.

Watch the Heart 2 Heart video here.

Tommy and Art talk with Michael Strahan about heart health, football, and fatherhood.

Michael Strahan - Meta Wellness - Heart 2 Heart

To learn more about ways you can use Meta Wellness products to live a healthier lifestyle, please visit MetaWellness.com.

Disclosure: We have partnered with Meta Wellness for this promotion.


#191 – Jim Furyk



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 191 - Jim Furyk

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy recap the good times at the Dad 2.0 Summit this past weekend in Washington D.C. as well talk about Star Wars, pop culture and sports trivia.

Then the guys welcome PGA Tour Pro, Jim Furyk. Jim was born into golf. Well sort of. He grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His father Mike was an assistant pro at Edgmont Country club. That was where Jim learned about the game of golf. Jim then went on to play at the University of Arizona in Tuscon, where he was an All-American twice. He also led the Wildcats to their first NCAA title in 1992. That same year, Furyk turned professional and joined the PGA TOUR in 1994 and has won at least one tournament each year between 1998 and 2003.

Jim Furyk truly hit his stride in 2010, winning a career-best three tournaments on the PGA TOUR that year. The most notable victory was the season-ending Tour Championship. That victory earned him the 2010 FedEx Cup. His stellar performance in 2010 won him both the PGA Player of the Year and PGA TOUR Player of the year.

Jim and his wife Tabitha also started the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation. The foundation was created in 2010 to help children and families in need. With Jim‘s success on the PGA TOUR, the couple decided it was time to establish a foundation to continue support of community charities. The foundation is dedicated to helping support those organizations that lend a hand to those who can’t fulfill the most basic needs. By providing project specific funding to these organizations, the foundation helps to give food for underprivileged children, care for children with life-limiting or threatening conditions, and simply providing a safe place for them to go after school.

We had the great honor of talking with Jim about his foundation, fatherhood, and golf. To learn more about Jim Furyk and his foundation go to JimFuryk.com and JimAndTabithaFurykFoundation.com.


#190 – Brian Littrell



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 190 - Brian Littrell

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy wrap up Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week by talking about Tommy‘s brave daughter Barbara’s story dealing with CHD. Then the guys are honored to chat with Backstreet Boys singer, Brian Littrell.

Brian Littrell is known for being part of the very popular group, The Backstreet Boys. He is a singer, actor and songwriter. With all the success that Brian and his bandmates have had and still continue to have you might think that he feels that he is larger than life. Yet when you see him interact with fans on social media or watch how much fun he has with his wife and son you come to find out that Brian is a down to Earth guy.

Brian is no stranger to hard times though. Brian was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) which was diagnosed as a ventricular septal defect. For those who don’t know February is heart awareness month. The second week is usually CHD Awareness week. We here at Life of Dad make it point to help raise that awareness. One way we do that is by talking with other dads who have experienced CHD in one way or another.

Brian was kind enough to share his story about living with a CHD with us as well as talking about how his son is now following in his footsteps and what we can expect from the Backstreet Boys this year.

Follow Brian on Twitter @brian_littrell, Facebook, BrianLittrell.com as well as the Backstreet Boys site at BackstreetBoys.com.


#189 – Patrick Peterson



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 189 - Patrick Peterson

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy recap Super Bowl 50 with their take on the game, Peyton Manning’s legacy, and much more. They also bring Arizona Cardinals defensive back, Patrick Peterson, on the show.

Now in his fifth-year Arizona Cardinals cornerback, Patrick Peterson is a 3-time pro bowler and holds the NFL record for most punt return touchdowns in a season. Peterson was drafted fifth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft out of LSU, where he was an All-American.

Patrick worked with Old Spice for its “Greatest Smell in the NFL” campaign. Old Spice grooming products are found in locker rooms across the NFL including in Santa Clara for Super Bowl 50. Old Spice brought Peterson to the Super Bowl festivities to talk about Old Spice‘s new Hardest Working Collection performance lineup. Old Spice‘s new Hardest Working Collection performance lineup including Odor Blocker and Sweat Defense anti-perspirant/deodorants and Dirt Destroyer body wash deliver the most powerful Old Spice products on the planet.

Patrick and I spoke about the work he’s doing with Old Spice, fatherhood, and much more.

Peterson lives in Phoenix with his wife, Antonique, and 3-month-old daughter, Paityn, named after Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning.

Thanks to Old Spice for setting up time with Patrick Peterson. Go to OldSpice.com and follow Patrick on Twitter @RealPeterson21, Facebook, and PatrickPeterson21.com.


#188 – TIki Barber



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 188 - TIki Barber

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy give their predictions on who will win the Super Bowl, how their kids cheer for other teams, and who was Tom and Art‘s Disney Princess crush from back in the day.

The guys also bring on former Giants star, Tiki Barber. Tiki made a name for himself in the NFL playing for the New York Giants. He made it the Pro Bowl three times as a running back during his ten year career with the Giants. His success on the field made him be part of the 10,000 rushing yards club as well as being inducted to the New York Giants Ring of Honor.

Besides football Tiki is the co-founder and co-chairman of Thuzio. He is as an author, TV analyst, businessman and corporate spokesman. Tiki‘s work includes being a correspondent for NBC News and Sports, Sirius Satellite radio host, author of nine children’s books, and a director at First Global Xpress, an international shipping company. Tiki graduated from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce before being drafted by the Giants in 1997.

Tiki was kind enough to talk with us about fatherhood, his love of running, a game he will never forget playing in the NFL, and more.

Follow Tiki Barber on Twitter @TikiBarber.