Los Angeles Chargers LB Denzel Perryman is good at stopping NFL running backs. Unfortunately, that same talent does not overlap with the ability to stop two-year-old girls from doing whatever the damn hell they want.
Yes, that’s adorable and completely humanizing. As the father of a four-month-old girl, it’s also a sobering peek into what my future holds. Because if there’s one thing I’ve heard from the fathers of young girls, it is that they will 100% do whatever it is that they want and they will 200% do whatever it is that they know you want them to not do.
Humans continue to be a species that learns where the lines of appropriate behavior are by sometimes bumping up against them, which is a good way of explaining why I was the way I was in my 20s.
I find delight in the moment of this video when Denzel first tells his daughter to “stop touching that” and she looks him dead in the eye to let him know that he is not in control anymore. There are cameras and lots of people and she’s a little girl. She knows that this is a moment in which she can not be punished for annoying her dad. It’s go time.
Anyway, let this video serve as a reminder that football players are human beings. In addition to being linebackers, they’re fathers, brothers, and sons. That doesn’t stop when the football helmet goes on. That never stops. This is why I continue to root for the sport of football to take steps to become a safer sport, and I hope you do too.