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  • My name is Derrex.

  • I have four boys.

  • My sons will tell you, I'm always like, "clean up!"

  • "Do your chores!"

  • "Get it clean!"

  • You know, you're investing, you're talking, you're teaching, you're training.

  • As a dad, sometimes you can forget you're just training.

  • You're planting the seed now, and you're gonna see it eight years later.

  • I want to make sure that I'm the father to them that I never had.

  • So I was pretty serious about being a dad.

  • It's interesting fear drove me in the beginning.

  • So I was overly on everything.

  • No candy, only drink water.

  • You're gonna have those challenging moments, those accountability moments, you know.

  • I'm raising babies to boys to men.

  • Early on showing them what support looks like, feels like.

  • Things go not so great, helping you recover quickly.

  • If you could now say something to yourself back then...What would you say?

  • Even though it may not seem like it, they hear you.

  • A lot of times, they'll act like they don't even know I'm there.

  • Julian, he's a senior, and I went to his football game, and I was trying to get there right before half time.

  • So we could walk out, it was senior night.

  • And I missed it.

  • The traffic hit and I couldn't get there.

  • Later we talked to him, and I apologized.

  • He was like "it's okay," he's like yeah.

  • He's like, "I kept looking up but I didn't know where you were, I didn't see you."

  • And just that let me know.

  • Even though they don't say thanks for coming, or you know I'm glad you're there.

  • They're not gonna ever say that.

  • But you know, hearing that let's me know like, man, things are off if I'm not there.

  • Oh!

  • What are you doing?

  • I want to say thank you for showing me like, how to be a man, through like, my teenage years.

  • Because I know it's been hard, but thank you.

  • Thank you for supporting me at my football games, and through all my life.

  • It means a lot.

  • I'd like to thank you for bringing me into this world as your son.

  • As I was getting older, you're building me into a man.

  • I'd like to thank you for that.

  • You guys are becoming good men!

  • You're more than welcome.

  • Man.

  • Do you hear that a lot?

  • No.

  • There are a lot of things that I want to accomplish.

  • Lot of things that I want to do but I've always known that my biggest contribution to this world would be you.

  • And it means so much that you said that to me.

My name is Derrex.

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