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When I turned professional, it was like being a professional Frisbee player. To be recognized for something that was totally uncool when I was a kid is strange. I went to the White House. I was on The Simpsons. It's all so unbelievable.
As a new dad who loves sports and wants to one day inspire his son, I am wondering what advice you have that either your dad gave you or you have given your kids.
Do what you love doing. Even if it's something different and it's not considered cool, if you love doing it, you will thrive in it and eventually you'll be happy because you continued to do it. I was the youngest of four, and by the time I came around, my dad had seen it all. So he was just like, "Go, just do it. Whatever it is." He was really supportive, and I was lucky in that. That's the same kind of approach I have with my kids. If they love doing it, I don't care if it's not considered the cool thing or if they're not going to get a varsity letter. I want them to be happy, and I want them to enjoy themselves.
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