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On game days, I feel like I have a clock constantly ticking in my head. From the moment the ball is snapped, I’m earnestly counting.

“One.” I scan the field. My first option is covered. Tick. Tick. Tick.

“Two.” My eyes move to the next guy. I hear linemen footsteps. Tick. Tick. Tick.

“Three.” Decision time. Throw the ball or else. Tick. Tick. Tick.

If I get to “four,” I’m probably already getting tackled.

I recognized early on in my NFL career that in order to be a successful quarterback, I had to learn to manage my time well. Get it wrong, and I’d usually end up on the ground. It’s a pretty simple task that applies off the field as well. Football has taught me something about parenting with intention. As a dad to two small boys, I know prioritizing every moment well will benefit my kids. Getting distracted or fumbling with my parenting duties definitely won’t help my kids flourish. It’s tough for us as pro football players because we have very demanding jobs, interviews to do, meetings to attend, and travel multiple weeks out of the year. It feels like that clock is always ticking, but that’s no excuse for us to leave our kids with the few seconds we have left over. We have to handle the clock with purpose. Here are 4 crucial times to be intentional as a dad.

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