Etan Thomas: Tell me how you grew up?
Etan Thomas: What are your thoughts about how the media seems to focus on the negative aspects of athletes when it comes to fatherhood. And Football players are shown in that same negative light as basketball players. They are quick to show the bad stories of guys not taking care of their kids or having a lot of kids by a lot of different women, but rarely highlight the positive stories. What are your thoughts on that?
During the course of my 50 years of life, I have had many experiences. Like most of you, I have had my share of ups and downs. I am thankful for many things, but the thing that I am extremely thankful for is the relationship that God has given me with my father. Few words can express the importance of a father being involved and connected in the life of his child. The many ills troubling our communities can often be traced to the absence of fathers.
One day out of the blue I decided I wanted to go see my grandparents in North Carolina. I had been on tour performing for some time and I was really missing my family, so I was going to hop in the car and drive eight hours to surprise them. When I told my dad, who we all call “Pop,” he ran into the house grabbed some clothes and jumped into the car.