A look at 8 athletes who love being dads (22 items)

By , Deseret News

June 11, 2014

Dads play a necessary and important role in the life of a child. Positive interactions with dad affect every stage of childhood development, Lois Collins reported for the Deseret News.

And famous fathers are no exception. Despite demanding careers, athletes are just as necessary in their children's lives.

Here are eight athletes who have vocalized their love of fatherhood.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) plays with his son Baylen during their NFL football training camp in Metairie, La., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.

1 of 22. Drew Brees

Dad: Drew Brees
Kids: Baylen, Bowen, Callen and one on the way.

Sport: NFL
Team: New Orleans Saints

"There's nothing like being a father. It's the greatest thing in the world," Brees told CBS News in a 2012 interview.

News anchor Lara Logan then said, "It kind of dwarfs football, huh, when you're a dad?"

Brees responded, "There's no doubt. It puts everything in perspective."

2 of 22. Drew Brees

Drew Brees talked to The Daddy Files about the importance of planning his busy schedule around his kids.

"During the season there’s not a lot of time, but I try to structure my whole schedule around where the kids are gonna be — home from school or awake from a nap or when I can read them a book before bedtime, bathe them — just quality time with them," Brees said.

"Especially Mondays and Tuesdays, everything is around them.”

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shares a moment with his son Baylen after defeating the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game in Miami, Sunday, February 7, 2010. The Saints won 31-17.

3 of 22. Drew Brees

Drew Brees posted this picture on Twitter and wrote:

"Family selfie at Disneyland! Don't worry Callen, there's no germs on that handrailing. Lol."

4 of 22. Chris Paul

Dad: Chris Paul
Kids: Chris and Camryn

Sport: NBA
Team: Los Angeles Clippers

When asked how he felt about having kids, Paul explained that it was something he continually prepared for.

"You definitely have to take deep breaths and you have to understand what's taking place. She's the one that's experiencing all the body changes, but it's an experience for the husband, too," Paul said in an interview with My Life as a Dad.

"I was reading the book 'What to Expect When Expecting,' and stuff like that. So every flight our team got on I was in to that book: what's happening this month, what's happening that month, what's the baby look like now."

5 of 22. Chris Paul

During an interview with My Life As a Dad, Chris Paul was asked to share one lesson he has learned as a father of two.

"Every dad is different, because you don't know their work schedule, and things like that. But I say this as it pertains to me, the most valuable thing that you have is your time," Paul told My Life As a Dad.

"I couldn't care less how much money you make, or anything like that. I tell people all the time my kids are the most important thing to me, and being with them and being around them.

"Anytime I have to go somewhere it kills me, I hate it. I hate traveling now because my son is old enough and he'll tell me, 'Dad I'm going to miss you while you're gone. Why are you leaving me?'

"... It kills me to know that there are times where my son will be playing in basketball games or something, and I won't be there. So time, that's one thing your kids will never forget. They may not remember something about money, but they will remember whether or not you were there when they needed you."

West Team's Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers holds the most valuable player trophy with his son, Chris Paul after the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Houston.