Kamerion Wimbley, defensive end for the Tennessee Titans, loves attending dog shows, working on websites, and building companies from the ground up.
What’s the most rewarding part of being a dad?
I shared some of the most pleasant moments of my childhood with my father. Now that I am a father, I am afforded the same opportunity to do so with my daughters. I enjoy spending time with them, whether we are at home relaxing or attending school and sporting events.
What is your favorite thing to do with your kids?
Since my daughters love the great outdoors, we hang out at the park on a daily basis. And on occasion, we visit Busch Gardens and Chuck E. Cheese.
What is the most challenging part of fatherhood?
Well, it’s always tough to discipline your children. I’m more interested in the outcome, whether they actually learn the lesson that accompanies the consequences of their actions. Therefore, we try to redirect them while incorporating positive reinforcement for good decisions.
What role model in your life influenced the kind of father you are?
My father taught me what it means to be a man and a father. He served as my Little League coach for many years, and worked tirelessly to give back to the community and serve as a role model to those younger children who didn’t have one. Because of his efforts, I understand the importance to giving back to those who aren’t as fortunate as I am.
As a father, how do you view your responsibilities?
I view my responsibilities as a father from a biblical standpoint. Psalm 127:4 says: Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Children are precious gifts from God, and it is our duty to guide them in the right direction. If we do so, they will be straight like arrows and successfully aim at all they want to accomplish in their adult years.
What advice would you give other fathers?
Enjoy your children. My daughters are growing up so fast. They continue to amaze me each and every day. Whether it be something as simple as reciting a fact about an animal or using a new word in a sentence, I am fascinated by how quickly they are maturing.
It is often difficult to balance a career with spending time with your family. How do you deal with this and make time for them?
My profession definitely requires a substantial time commitment. Because of this, I try to spend as much time as I can with my family during the off-season. We travel and participate in a variety of activities. I also have the opportunity to walk my daughter to school each morning, which is definitely a plus.
What is something people don’t know about you?
I am beginning to develop a love for art, Picassos work in particular. I’m also intrigued by his accomplishments considering that a number of critics during his time didn’t think too highly of his painting skills.
What is your biggest fear?
As a Christian man, my biggest fear would have to be God. Psalm 103:13 states: As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
What makes you happy?
Beyond my career as an NFL athlete, I’m a fairly simple guy. Spending time with immediate and extended family makes me happy.
Where is your favorite place to go in Tampa?
I enjoy the plethora of dining establishments that the city has to offer. Some of my favorites include Bern’s Steakhouse and Timpano Chophouse.
Tell us about your work with Fuel Up To Play 60.
The Fuel Up Play 60 is a great initiative that involves educating and encouraging children to start living healthy and productive lives. It is extremely important to urge children to get off of the couches and get them moving and playing. It is important to capitalize on the natural spunkiness and energy that children have. Being physically active is crucial for the well-being of mind, body and soul.