Papa Bear: Hester to write parenting column

Bears' return specialist at the 2011 Pro Bowl with wife Zingha and son Devin Jr. (credit: Devin Hester)

If you’re seeking advice on how to break a tackle to see daylight, then Bears return specialist Devin Hester is an obvious choice to hit up for some how to.

But parenting tips?

Apparently the three time Pro Bowler has some intelligence in that department as well.

Hester, who has a year-and-a-half old son Devin Jr. with his wife Zingha, is using some of his downtime to pen a column for Chicago Parent magazine about his favorite places to bring the little guy in and around the city.

“The fathers who are leaning toward not being a father figure, I want to let them know being in your son’s life in the most important thing for the first 13 to 15 years,” Hester told the AP. “Those are the key years. The things a father did when he was young, a young child wants to know.”

Hester also gave some background on his own upbringing, saying that he felt lucky to have had two male father figures in his childhood, between his biological father, who died of cancer when he was 10, and also his step-father who coaxed him into football after his father’s death.

Hester regularly shares pictures and videos of his young son on his twitter account.

Hester’s first Chicago Parent column called “Hangin’ with Devin” will run in April.

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