Happy Father’s day to all the Dad’s out there – especially Titan Dads. Today, I was woken up by my favorite little Titans fan with a card that he made. It read, “Best Buddies Forever!” The best part of being a father of a little boy is knowing that I do have a best buddy forever – someone to enjoy football Sundays with. My best friend – the guy that will be by my side, sporting Titan colors, celebrating the wins, mourning the losses, and riding shotgun through all the ups and downs this rollercoaster ride will have. I wouldn’t have chosen a better partner than my only son – Zaydrien.
“It’s A Boy!”
I think back to the day I found out we were having a boy. Every Dad’s dream. I would have been happy with either, so long as the baby came out healthy. But having a son? I was on top of the world. I was fixated on the future memories with my partner in crime. On the night before he came into the world, I couldn’t sleep a wink. My mind raced with anxiety – wondering if I was ready to take on the responsibility of being a father.
My wife was scheduled for a C-section, so we didn’t have a normal birthing experience of going through the Doctor and nurses coaching her breathing, telling her to push, or the “I see his head” moments. It was a surgical procedure that was calculated and that had myself and my wife nervous and hopeful that everything would run smoothly.
Titans Showing Love
As we waited to be taking back into the Operation Room, we both needed peace of mind. I remember being on my phone and tweeting to Titans players that a new Titan fan would be brought into the world on that day – November 8, 2012.
To my surprise, many Titans players began retweeting and offered congratulations. The responses put me and my wife into a mood of excitement. We truly felt the love shown to us by the players – most of which were father’s themselves.
Becoming a Father
My wife was taken back to the OR. Decked out in Titan Blue scrubs, I paced the hallway waiting for the signal to enter the room. I was escorted in, and my wife had already been medicated. I sat next to her – and we waited…and waited…and waited. And then – my son was here! They took him to a small table to clean him off. I followed and was in awe. Time truly stood still. He squeezed my finger and looked at me through one tiny squinted eye. I was ready.
We had to stay in the hospital for a few days. The first outfit my son wore was a Tennessee Titans onesie. I did receive some grief from family and friends asking why I put him in that outfit, but it was all in fun. We brought him home and the journey began.
It was difficult for me because I lost my father a month prior to my son being born. My Grandfather – a man who raised me and a man I consider to be my Dad – lost his battle with cancer on October 11, 2012. The Titans played the Steelers on Thursday Night Football. That was the only game I did not watch that season. The Titans were 1-4 heading into that game. They won. I didn’t care.
Fast forward to the day we brought my son home. It was Sunday, November 11th. The Titans were 3-6 and playing the Miami Dolphins. I told my wife we had our good luck charm now. The Titans destroyed the Dolphins – and I watched with my son on my lap. Our first game we watched as father and son.
Another one of the coolest memories I have was on his 3rd birthday. It was 2015, and the Titans had drafted Marcus Mariota. After a hot start in the first game of the season, the Titans were 1-6 headed into New Orleans. Whisenhunt was fired prior to that Sunday. We weren’t watching the game and were at Chuck E. Cheese celebrating my son’s party. When we came home, the Titans were in overtime. We walked in and witnessed Mariota throw the game winning score to a wide open Anthony Fasano. That was Mike Mularkey’s first game as interim Head Coach. Although they only won one more game that season, that New Orleans game was pretty special.
There have been many other memories I have in being a Titans Dad. My son is 4 now – and he can tell you all about Mariota. I have a feeling this season is going to be special. This season is going to have a lot of memories – hopefully all good ones.
My wife surpised me with this video.
Happy Father’s Day! Titan Up!