Friday, May 27, 2005

Athletes Have Overbearing And Involved Dads Too

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Athletes’ dads aren’t much different than other kinds of papas: Some live vicariously through their kids while others don’t get involved until much later in their youngsters life.

That’s what was learned by Joe Garner, author of Heroes, Legends...Dads (Andrews McMeel), a new book in which Garner explores superstar athletes’ relationships with their pops.

Garner interviewed such father-son tandems as Archie and Peyton Manning; Joel and Oscar De La Hoya; and Barry and Bobby Bonds.

He discovered that Joel De La Hoya excessively pushed his son to become a boxer to make up for his unfilled boxing dreams while Bobby Bonds didn’t take up his fatherly responsibilities with Barry until Barry was in college.

Meanwhile, Archie Manning used a hands-off approach with Peyton, never pushing or coaching him while Bob Griese treated his son, Brian, as a friend as much as he did as a son.

Whatever approach each father took with raising his athletic son, Garner says in the end, “there was always love and respect at the core.”

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