*What does a former NFL player have to share with other fathers? If that former player is Freddie Scott II – then the answer is: A lot!
Scott cites a statistic that in 2006 alone, according to the US Census, almost 13 million children were growing up in a single parent household. 80% of those households were headed by a woman. Scott believes that fathers, especially those with children in single parent households, must step up and provide guidance to the next generation of young men and women.
Sharing his experiences as a youth minister in Nashville, Scott includes stories from his childhood in Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Baltimore and Cincinnati as he explores how the current generation of fathers can empower the next.
Scott says that fathers need to become engaged in their homes and with their children in order to raise future community leaders. While sitting in church on a Wednesday evening when he received God’s message to write a book entitled, “The Dad I Wish I Had”. Scott, who played for both the Atlanta Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts realized that he had to share this important message with others.
“The Dad I Wish I Had” centers on Scott’s view of the way in which fathers can positively impact children around them. He says, “Be confident in who you are as a father and husband. Realize what an impact you have . . . your voice, your presence, your composure in your home. Be the calming agent in all circumstances. And most importantly, ask God for wisdom, and walk with the Lord . . . your home, and the world will be transformed”.
As a National Spokesman for Tony Dungy’s organization All Pro Dad, Scott travels across the nation addressing the importance of family and fatherhood. Scott says that, “Children today are receiving mixed messages through the media and society, and he [a father] has to be diligent in guarding his children’s hearts from any negative influences his kids may be exposed to through sports, the neighborhood, or school.”
Scott recently celebrated his tenth wedding anniversary with his wife. Together they have five children, ranging in age from 9 years to 19 months. A fan of his children, you can often find him in the stands cheering on their little league teams. His family also has set aside one day a week for a family fun night together.
For More Information on Freddie Scott II visit www.TheDadIWishIHad.com.