Monthly Archives: June 2016

#204 – Donald Penn



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 204 - Donald Penn

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about how a squirrel wreaked havoc in the Riles house this past week. You get to learn how Tommy solved the problem and why he’s a bit mad at his dog. Then, the guys bring on Oakland Raiders offensive tackle, Donald Penn.

Early in his eight year run with the Buccaneers, Donald Penn was making history. In 2008, he helped lead the offense to 5,456 total yards, the highest single-season total in franchise history and led the offense to 361 points, the second highest team total in team history. Donald had an impressive 2010 season and only surrendered 3.5 sacks for the whole season which guided his way onto the 2011 Pro Bowl roster. After starting for 92 consecutive games for the Buccaneers, it is no wonder that the Oakland Raiders offered him a two year deal after his contract ended in 2014. In his first season with the Raiders, Donald started all 16 games and even had his third reception and ran it for his second career touchdown. At the end of the 2015 NFL season, Donald has started in 140 consecutive NFL games, an astonishing number.

Donald started his own foundation called The Donald Penn Foundation in 2011 to help inner-city and low income youth in Los Angeles make positive, life-changing decisions by providing education incentives, scholarship opportunities and support during the holidays. The Donald Penn Foundation also hosts an annual football camp at his high school in Playa Del Rey and invites hundreds of local kids out for a day filled with football drills and training for local youth, who will have the opportunity to be coached by professional athletes.

Donald‘s charming personality has always found him in the spotlight and can be seen on the hottest red carpets and celebrity events. The media flocks to Donald and his playful personality and has been featured on the NFL Network, Jim Rome, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Revolt TV, ESPN, Tanked on Animal Planet, Punk’d Spinoff -Sack’d, Esquire TV, Cuisine Noir and many more!

Donald and his wife Dominique have two boys and a baby girl.

Follow Donald Penn on Twitter @DPENN70, Facebook, and DonaldPenn.com.


#203 – Stephen Amell



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 203 - Stephen Amell

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy recap each of their Father’s Day and talk about the #CheerioChallenge that Life of Dad co-founder Patrick Quinn came up with last week. They also bring on actor, Stephen Amell.

“I just want her to be able to come and always talk to me and have open conversations.”

Those are the words from Stephen Amell on the type of relationship he hopes to have with his daughter when she gets older.

Fans of the show Arrow already know that Stephen can play the part of a hero. He does an outstanding job of playing Oliver Queen on Arrow. Now you will be able to see him help out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in TMNT: Out Of The Shadows as he plays the role of Casey Jones when the film hits theaters on June 3rd.

In TMNT: Out Of The Shadows we see Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones. After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

We had the great pleasure of talking with Stephen about TMNT: Out Of The Shadows, Arrow, and fatherhood.

Follow Stephen Amell on Twitter @StephenAmell and Facebook.


#202 – Richard C. Shadyac Jr.



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 202 - Richard C. Shadyac Jr.

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy keep up with the Father’s Day theme as they talk about Jimmy Fallon’s book — Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA — which would make a great Father’s Day gift! Tommy also shares a fun story about the time he met Fallon!

Then the guys talk with Richard C. Shadyac Jr., who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They talk with Shadyac about the FedEx St. Jude Classic that provides St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patients with a unique opportunity to interact with professional golfers and celebrities, while introducing professional golfers to the hospital’s lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children battling childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. They also talk about fatherhood and how Richard got involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Richard is ALSAC’s sixth CEO since the organization’s founding in 1957. As one of the top healthcare charities in the U.S, ALSAC employs approximately 1,200 team members who operate from its headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, and in 33 regional fundraising offices across the country. ALSAC relies on generous supporters and volunteers who make donations and support tens of thousands of fundraising activities annually to help St. Jude in its mission of finding cures and saving children with cancer and other deadly diseases.

Shadyac has led ALSAC to record-breaking achievements, guiding strategic efforts that have increased fundraising revenue 44% since the start of his tenure, despite a global economic decline that have resulted in significant drops in charitable giving overall. Key strategic initiatives launched during his leadership include enhanced fundraising and awareness efforts in the fitness, digital, multicultural and international areas. In addition, Shadyac has expanded marketing and donor development strategies and is overseeing efforts to elevate St. Jude as an iconic brand. Shadyac established cultural pillars for the organization that focus on high performance, innovation, collaboration and being strategic.

Prior to becoming President and CEO, Shadyac served as the Chairman and President of the ALSAC Board of Directors. He joined the Board in 2000 and also served as the Vice Chair and was active on several Board committees, including Finance, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Building and Special Events.

His father, Richard C. Shadyac Sr., was one of the first members of the Board when St. Jude opened in the early 1960s and was a confidant to Danny Thomas, the founder of St. Jude. Shadyac Sr. also served as ALSAC’s CEO for 13 years before his retirement in 2005.

A practicing attorney for 27 years, Shadyac worked as a managing partner in the Washington D.C./Northern Virginia law firm Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP and led the firm’s Virginia offices located in Falls Church. Rick has been a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the Arlington and Fairfax County Bar Associations. He earned a B.A. in political science from Marquette University and a law degree (J.D.) from Loyola University in Chicago.

In addition to his responsibilities as CEO of ALSAC, Shadyac leads community enhancement efforts by serving on the boards for the Greater Memphis Chamber and Memphis Tomorrow.

Go to stjude.org for ways you can help out.


#201 – Jerry Rice



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 201 - Jerry Rice

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy get ready to celebrate Father’s Day as Life of Dad teams up with Pampers to thank all the babies out there. Pampers and Life of Dad are using the hashtag of #ThanksBaby on all of our social media outlets. It is all about celebrating the incredible feeling that little ones bring into our lives.

When a baby is born, a dad is born. This Father’s Day, Pampers celebrates that incredible feeling little ones bring to the hearts of dads through unconditional love.

On Father’s Day and every day, Pampers is giving thanks to babies for making dad feel exceptionally special and empowering him to discover new roles in life through fatherhood. Pampers honors dads for just being dads and thanks them for all the amazing things, big and small, they do to help little ones have a better, loving, more fulfilling life. For more info go to Pampers.com.

Then the guys bring on the greatest wide receiver of all time! They talk with NFL Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice. The three-time Super Bowl champion Jerry Rice is arguably the greatest player of all time. During his 15-year career with the San Francisco 49ers, Rice won three Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXIII (’88), Super Bowl XXIV (’89) and SB XXIX (’94) and one Super Bowl MVP. He enjoyed three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, including a Super Bowl appearance and one season with the Seattle Seahawks before retiring in 2005. Rice was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in January 2010, his first year of eligibility.

During his career, Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl a record 13 times, won the NFL MostValuable Player Award in 1987 and was Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XXIII. In 1999, he was ranked No. 2 in The Sporting News’ list of 100 Greatest Football Players — the highest ranked active player and receiver — and in 2010, was voted the No. 1 player in the NFLNetwork’s The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players.

Rice resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and has four children. Jerry talks to the the guys about football, fatherhood, and so much more.

Follow Jerry Rice on Twitter @JerryRice, Facebook, and JerryRiceFootball.com.


#200 – Kyle Larson



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 200 - Kyle Larson

Art Eddy and guest host, Patrick Quinn, talk about his new son that was born over a week ago. They also talk about Art’s appendix being removed. Then, they bring on NASCAR driver, Kyle Larson.

At just one week old, Kyle Larson made his first trip to the racetrack. A few short years later, he had already set his sights on making trips not just to, but around the racetrack, and has been driving the circuit ever since.

Often among the youngest of his peers to reach a milestone, whether it be his ascent to NASCAR, becoming a dad, owning a home or developing as an entrepreneur, Kyle‘s journeys are fast-paced.

Positioned at the top of his sport, Kyle‘s passion for the dirt drove him back to the tracks where he grew up, but this time around as a team owner. The shy kid with a dream from northern California can proudly serve as a role model for others chasing down their own dreams in a variety of ways. Coming full circle, Kyle is not just living his dream, he’s living the American Dream, as well.

As a new and young dad, there are many things Kyle wants to share with his son. Kyle and Owen are sure to quickly bond as he teaches him the trades of being a man, like how to change a tire, wire an outlet, or tune his engine. And while Kyle already possesses strong traits that are primed for fatherhood, there are many others he’s working to master before passing along to Owen.

Wherever life takes him, whatever adventures he’ll encounter along the way, Kyle will evolve in ways that even he won’t expect. But in the end, he’ll always come back around to his roots as the kid with a dream, doing what he loves.

Follow Kyle Larson on Twitter @KyleLarsonRacin, Facebook, and KyleLarsonRacing.com.