August 20, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (left) greets his father and former Houston Oilers head coach O.A. Phillips (right) before a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Happy Father's Day!


I just wanted to take a moment to pay tribute to all the dutiful fathers out there today, Happy Father’s Day! Whether you and your father were close, or whether you’re forming a relationship with your own children now, Father’s day is one of the most important holidays on the American calendar. So to all the fathers out there, young and old, thank you and we salute you here at Pewter Plank.

Have a fantastic Father’s day.

I am truly blessed to have a great man for a father. In many ways as a young man myself now, his is a daunting example to live up to when I one day have my own children. My father, at least through my eyes, was imbued with some of the loftiest virtues a man can possess, honesty, integrity, loyalty and above all else a selflessness in the name of family.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve keyed in on the many sacrifices it takes to be a good father. That willingness to put children and wife ahead of self. It was spending five days on the road, and then spending early mornings on Saturday at little league fields raking hard Florida-baked red clay, hosing down infields, staying hours after games tossing a whole team of kids batting practice. It’s in sacrificing some of the little pleasures in life so one son could travel to a karate tournament or I could get some private coaching at the plate. And it was the fact he never made any of that seem like sacrifice.

My point isn’t necessarily to wax poetic about my father, much though he does deserve it. But just to pay the man tribute in the most public of forums I have at my disposal (because unfortunately the Miami Herald wouldn’t print this). I am truly blessed, and if I can manage to be half the father he was to me, to my kids, they’ll be blessed too.

Dad, I love you. Happy Father’s Day!

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