Becoming an All Pro Dad: The Fundamentals


As I interviewed Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy for my new book, All Pro Dad, Tony shared with me: “Coach Noll—I’ll never forget it—said, ‘Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else.’ What he was saying was, you’ve got this misconception that you’ve gotta do these spectacular highlight-reel type things, you’ve gotta have special gifts and special talents to be a Super Bowl winner or an All-Pro. He said, no, that’s not it. There are fundamentals that it takes to play the game. Executing those fundamentals, not forgetting them, and executing them day in and day out, that’s how you become great. That’s how you win. That’s how you become an All-Pro. And he was right.”

In the same way, knowing and executing the fundamentals of fatherhood are key to a man becoming an All Pro Dad.  In this video, Tony and I briefly highlight those fundamentals that will help you win as a dad.

Key points Recap:

  • The fatherhood fundamentals are love and leadership—these are the two most important things we can do as dads.
  • Love is strong, powerful and courageous; it’s what makes a man a man. Love is all about giving selflessly and sacrificially to your children.
  • Every father is a leader. A leader is simply a person who has followers; followers they influence.
  • What’s love got to do with leadership? Everything. Love is leadership’s unseen essential. When we love our kids and when they know we want wants best for them, they’ll follow us.
  • If you love your kids well, you will lead them well.


Here are the rest of the All Pro Dad Book Chapter Summaries.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.