Pro Athletes Who Are Also All-Star Dads
Being a superstar athlete is an incredible accomplishment, but according to these men, there’s nothing like being a devoted father. Sometimes, there are cute moments, but other times, life throws curveballs. Whether the problem is juggling time or facing criticism from society, these cool dads do their best to support their children and give them unconditional love. Get ready for some feel-good stories of pro athletes who are also all-star dads.
Retired basketball star Dwyane Wade is part of "Team No Sleep," as he’s a rockstar dad to his five kids, Kaavia, Zaire, Xavier, Dahveon and Zaya. Wade’s personal motto is all about supporting his children. For instance, when Zaya was 12 years old, she came out as transgender, and Wade has shown nothing but love.
You may recognize him as Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, but his family calls him "Papa Russ." Despite having an insane work schedule as a football player and pet advocate, Wilson makes time for what matters the most in his life: his wife Ciara and his children. In fact, the devoted father can’t help but gush about his daughter and stepson, Sienna and Future.
Being a basketball champion, loving husband and great father figure makes Stephen Curry a triple threat. It’s not uncommon for Curry's moments with his little minions (Riley, Ryan and Cano) to go viral. For instance, in 2015, Riley joined him in a post-game press conference and stole the spotlight.
Adding to his already impressive achievements, Michael Phelps is an awesome father to his kiddos, Boomer, Beckett and Maverick. The former competitive swimmer and his wife, Nicole Johnson, are having a blast as parents. Of course, it’s only natural for Phelps to take his children out for a dip in the pool, but he emphasizes that he’s not going to force his sons into professional swimming.
Earvin Johnson Jr., better known as Magic Johnson, is an LA Lakers legend. He’s also the proud father of Andre, Elisa and EJ Johnson. One of the biggest moments that defined Magic and EJ’s relationship was when EJ came out as gay in 2013. Magic responded harshly at first, but he immediately realized he had made a mistake and apologized the next day.