Underrated Fathers

I think I am slowly getting back into form.  I was seriously starting to doubt that I would be able to run the Peachtree Road Race on July 4th.  And though I am still not completely confident that I can, but I am getting there, but mentally and physically.  This Saturday I made it 4 miles before pooping out, which gives me two more weeks to keep training and build my confidence.

As I was out for my run the following thought crossed my mind: there is always a list of the greatest TV and movie dads of all-time.  There is even a list put together of the worse television and movie dads.  But there is never a list of the most overlooked television and movie dads.  So here is a list of the top five most overlooked television and movie dads.

1.  Rocky Balboa – did not become a Dad until “Rocky II” and his parenting skills are often overlooked.  But Rocky really stepped it up in “Rocky IV” when he said he fought so his son did not have to.  And even more importantly, how about the great speech he gave his son in “Rocky Balboa,” “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”

2.  George Jefferson – yes, he may have been a little bit racist.  But if you look through the entire life work of George, he worked hard to turn one laundry store into twelve stores in New York City.  To me that is quite an accomplishment.  More importantly, he knew the value of an education and he made sure that Lionel got one.  He may have been a very stubborn pigheaded man, but he tried to do everything possible to make sure that his son was successful.

3. John McClane – that’s right, “Die Hard.”  All he ever wanted to do was save his marriage and be with his kids.  And along the way he hate to fight groups of socially-inept terrorists that wanted to destroy the United States and the world along the way.  If that is not dedication, I do not know what is.

4. Dr. Jason Seaver – Alan Thicke’s character on “Growing Pains.”  Dealing with an insecure genius of a daughter, a screw-up for one son, another one that had to live in the oldest two shadow, and then to later become guardian for another.  And to be a practicing psychologist who did not try to overanalyze your own family, yeah, that’s a good dad.

5.  Russell Huxtable – Cliff’s Dad on “The Cosby Show.”  You cannot be great without someone showing you how to get there.  And Russell was just that, the great example that Cliff himself followed to be a great Dad, making sacrifices and setting examples.

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