Joseph Savoring Full-Time Dad Role

June 21st, 2010

With mandatory minicamp starting today at One Buc Palace, Joe knows many, if not most, Buccaneers are savoring one thought: the end of minicamp on Wednesday afternoon.

That’s when the players are cut loose before having to report on July 30. In other words, it’s party time for most of the guys, especially this young roster. Time to hit tropical beaches and gorge on native cocktails and hotties, or disappear with the new honey you just met in South Tampa before returning next week to disappear with her friend.

Of course, some of the guys will be enjoying treasured family time. And one of those Bucs will be single dad Davin Joseph.

In a rare story (not column) by Martin Fennelly, the Tampa Tribune’s top columnist, he wrote today about Joseph winning custody of his 6-year-old son, changing his life and working to be a role model.

Joseph won’t go into details, but he sought custody of Richard when he felt Richard’s situation in South Florida wasn’t good. His parents frankly asked him if he was really capable of changing his life. But Joseph always remembers what his father told him, that what’s done is done, but “all you can do is become as responsible as you can.”

“It takes a lot of looking in the mirror,” Davin Joseph said. “Sometimes I want to go out with my friends, and I do, but not much. Sometimes I want to go out and eat, but I can’t. It’s me and him.

“I love him with all my heart. And I didn’t want to have to answer to my son years from now when he asks why I wasn’t there for him. I kept thinking, what if he asks me, ‘Daddy, why didn’t you come and get me?’ What am I supposed to say, because I was too selfish to fight for you? I wanted to be a role model.”

Now Joe’s not about to gush over Joseph doing the right thing and transforming into a responsible adult. But it’s still great to read and worth sharing.

Joe knows there will be haters who read this Tribune story and blast Joseph for having two kids in two states and no wife, but Joe doesn’t fall in that category.

4 Responses to “Joseph Savoring Full-Time Dad Role”

  1. bucfanjeff Says:

    “Man up.” , and no, I don’t mean 1 on 1’s with WR and DB – Joseph is doing that and I find no fault in the effort.

  2. Dave Says:

    Two kids in two states with different women I assume… whatever. It is what it is. As long as he does the right thing and is there as much as possible physically, mentally, and monetarily to provide for them, then good for him.

    Me and my wife have a 2 year old & a 5 year old and I cannot fathom not being with them every single day and being a part time dad. Do the Right thing Davin. Too often in todays society we brush aside Dad. Kids need their fathers every bit as much.

  3. Capt.Tim Says:

    Good for you, Davin
    I raised my Daughter by myself from the time she was 6 months old. And while it was tough sometimes, I consider raising her my proudest achievement. Being a dad goes by so quickly, you either do it right,or regret not doing it right the rest of your life. Glad to see you’re taking charge. Your kid will remember that their whole life. Another Reson to be proud of you Off the field, Mr. Joseph!

  4. Jameson Says:

    Davin Joseph just made a run at being my favorite Buccaneer.