Eric Decker wants to lead by example for his three kids.
The former NFL star, who shares daughter, Vivianne Rose, 5, son, Eric Decker II, 3, and son, Forrest, 1, with wife Jessie James Decker, recently opened up about how he approaches fatherhood for a video made in collaboration with men's activewear brand, Rhone, which is exclusively available to watch on AOL at the top of the page.
"When I hit this new phase of my life, I was totally expecting things to slow down a little bit, just have some time to relax and reflect, but I was definitely wrong about that," Decker said of life after retirement. "We've got three young kids, and there are times when it's absolute chaos. I have no idea what's going on sometimes."
"What's even more surprising to me was that, in all this craziness, how much I love every minute of it," he went on. "I always wanted to be a dad that was really a part of my kids lives. Hands on. I dreamt of it, really dreamt of it as much as I wanted to be a football player."
Jessie James and Eric Decker's children
Jessie James and Eric Decker's children
My little princess! Let’s dance the night away!! 🕺🏽💃🏽
Happy 4th pic! ( yes I’m a day late) Trying to get them all to smile and take a pic when all Viv wants to do is get back in the water so she appeased me with that look 😂 ( yes Vivi painted Bubby nails red...very festive of them )
Supporting my children take on new challenges and seeing the GROWTH from each experience (whether it was a great result or not) is the most rewarding feeling. Proud of my bubs! He always has the most infectious smile 😁😁
Gangs all here!!
My handsome guys with their matching furrowed brows
#tbt popsicles and sunshine are good for the soul!
Kids do funny things... I looked at the staircase and there was bub putting stickers all over his face living his best life
Hey guys! So this holiday season, @ebay and I are giving back by creating a list of 12 hot toys that kids will love. Enter to win all of the toys in this bundle and ALL the proceeds go back to @savethechildren! Link in my story to enter to win all these toys for your loved ones #ad❤️❤️❤️
On Veterans Day, we honor the women and men of our military for your service and sacrifice and thank our many Deckers Dogs supporters.
We are proud to announce we have donated $75,000 to Freedom Service Dogs to continue our work in providing life-changing service dogs to veterans.
In the past two years we have donated $250,000 to FSD to not only train the dogs but to underwrite the costs of the training “apartment” where they learn how to fine tune their skills. These highly trained dogs help our veterans live without the boundaries of the visible and invisible disabilities they returned home with.
These young men and women are often spouses and parents, the Deckers Dogs not only support the veteran but the whole family as they are able to again participate in family life. Our eighth dog Cipher graduated in 2017 with Jessica, a former U. S. Marine. He is helping her with her PTSD and has already made a huge difference in her life and her young son’s life.
Yall please join us this Veterans Day and help us provide these amazing service dogs to more veterans in need. Click the link in my bio for my information
Happy Halloween from the Deckers!! We did our best to get a family shot! Lol
Bubbys smile is contagious
Thanks @southbeachdiet for a beautiful evening celebrating my new book #justjessie ❤️❤️❤️
Mornin my sweet❤️
Donuts for breakfast!! This sweet angel was given the Kind Act award yesterday at school in front of all her peers! She continues to provide a helping hand to her teachers and classmates without being asked. She constantly amazes me with her big heart and leadership at home and school. Needless to say, I am a very proud daddy!! ...and now I’m emotional and wanting another princess @jessiejamesdecker haha
Eat your greens!! #chunkymonkey
Teamed up with @AveenoUS because life with 3 kids can be full of #messymoments...but it’s also full of sweet ones like this! Can you tell we love the new #AveenoBaby Hand & Face Wipes 🙌🏽
Saturday morning vibes
Girls away, boys will play!! Football, leftovers and no showers! (Shirts are optional)
Resting Bubby laying on his baby brother cookin in the oven. This is a good Mama right here. Lucky to have her as the mother of my children.
Love my morning hang time with this chocolate milk loving, shrek watching big boy!
Doesn’t get better than this!!
Y’all I found a new lifesaver for all our #messymoments! I teamed up with @AveenoUS because I’m OBSESSED with their new #AveenoBaby Hand & Face Wipes! They’re so gentle on my babies’ sensitive skin 🙌 I never leave the house without them now.
Happy birthday to my little princess!! You amaze me more and more every year. A compassionate, silly, FIERCE, smart, adventurous girl with a heart of gold! Love you to the moon and back Vivianne Decker ❤️❤️
Someone REALLY loves their momma!!!!
Told the kiddos we could go camping before mommy got home - they packed for a week! 🤣😂
Scrolling thru my photos and had a double take thinking this was a baby pic! #fbf #minime
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Decker, who serves as a brand ambassador for Rhone, added that he believes that kids learn by observing their parents' actions, so he strives to lead by example for his three young children.
"I was never a big talker on the field or in the huddle. I really believe that leading by example is the way," he explained. "It's your actions that really show what kind of man you really are what's in your heart or what you desire. I've made the same commitment to my kids to show, not tell. Let them see first hand that the harder you work, the more you put into life, the most you will get out of it."
In honor of Father's Day, Eric Decker picked out his favorite Rhone products below: