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Men Of The NFL Remember The Best Advice Their Fathers Ever Gave Them

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Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Getty Images/Jared Wickerham)

Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Getty Images/Jared Wickerham)

Clark Judge/Senior NFL Columnist

Everyone has a father, and every father has advice he offered his children that they never let go. So I went looking for it, checking in with some of the NFL’s most recognizable names to discover the most memorable advice they gained from their dads and how it affected their lives. Here’s what I found:

Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner: “It was in a letter that he wrote me the fall after I graduated from college where he said, ‘Feel only your own pressure. Your own is sufficient. Take on the various opportunities calmly and collectedly. I wish I could help you more, but now you are on your own with lots of support.’ “

Adrian Peterson, running back, Minnesota Vikings: “My father always used the saying, ‘Shoot for the moon. If you fall short, you’ll land among the stars. Always shoot for the moon.’ So I have always pushed to be the best and make the most of each opportunity that I am given.”

J.J. Watt, defensive end, Houston Texans: “Every day before I left for school, my Dad would tell me to ‘act like somebody today.’ And basically what that meant was don’t just go through life going through the motions, trying to be average. Try to make yourself stand out. Try to be great. Do everything that you do to the best of your abilities. So every single day he would say that to me, and I would have to say it back to him before I left for school. It kind of carried me through life because every single day I’m trying to be somebody. I’m trying to prove myself and make everybody around me proud, whether it’s my family, whether it’s my friends or whether it’s my fans. I’m trying to do everything I can that day to make them proud of me.”

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