Just 14 months ago, superstar athlete Eli Manning and his wife Abby welcomed his first child into their family, a beautiful daughter named Ava.
And this Father’s Day, he revealed that it was even more significant to him, as he sees his precious girl growing up before his eyes.
We caught up with the Giants quarterback at the Pampers ® pay homage to all the “Most Valuable Dads”, where he was throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in the NY Mets versus Cincinnati Reds match at Citifield.
“It’s great being a dad and watching her grow up, ” he told us. “It’s challenging and rewarding and this year has been even better than the last because she’s a little older.”
“It’s been a lot of fun, ” he adds.
As to how he keeps his private life separate from that of his life in the public eye as an athlete, he admits that it can be challenging.
“When I’m playing football, then I concentrate on that,” he says. “When I’m being a dad, then i focus on spending all my time on Ava.
“It’s always going to be challenge separating them, ” he says.
But a hands-on dad he is, revealing that the last time he changed a diaper was last Friday afternoon.
And, he revealed that he will do whatever his little girl wants.
“If she wants to play dress ups, then I’ll dress up,” he said with a laugh.
When a toddler at the event asked him about the prospect of adding more children to his family, he said: “We plan on having to have more kids, my wife and are just figuring it out now, but there’s nothing on the horizon just yet.”
He certainly did seem like the doting dad as he took to the field – this time a baseball field – with Ava in tow.
Together, father and daughter interacted with players during family-friendly, on-field activities. With Ava on his arm, Manning threw a strike to Mets Third Baseman, David Wright, who was honored to play catcher to his favorite football team’s all-star quarterback.
Pampers is continuing the celebration of dads beyond Father’s Day. Beginning June 20th, families can log on to the Pampers Facebook page and visit the “Most Valuable Dad” tab for a chance to win exciting prizes for dads and their little sluggers. For more information, click here.