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9 Nominees for Father of the Year

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Dads FTW.

While popular culture may like to portray us as doofuses, we’re a winning breed.

Yesterday I pointed out 14 Things Dads Do Best, today it’s all about the dads that do everything best.

In this Father’s Day Week, we put these men up on our shoulders and celebrate their greatness.

Here’s a list of 9 Fathers Of The Year.

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  • Dick Hoyt Is The Greatest 1 of 9
    Dick Hoyt Is The Greatest
    Dick Hoyt is, without a doubt, the greatest dad ever. You can flip through the rest of the dads on this list, and while they've all done great (or silly) things to be on this list, none compare to what Dick has done.

    Dick's son Rick had the umbilical cord tangled around his neck at birth leaving him brain damaged. Doctors said to institutionalize the boy, he would be a vegetable. That didn't happen.

    Dick has taken Rick on 85 marathons. The pair have completed 8 Ironman Triathlons. They've gone cross country skiing, mountain climbing, and the road across the USA on a bike. You need to watch the video to really understand the story, although the quote from Rick sums it up ``Dad when we were running, It felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''

    Dick Hoyt wins. He wins Father's Day.



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  • Real Dads Cry 2 of 9
    Real Dads Cry
    Yes, real Dads cry. And the thing that will set us off more than any other is seeing our kids happy. As in really really happy. Anthony Lee and his daughter Catie entered every single contest they could to win a chance to meet One Direction. Then they just saw the band leaving a photo shoot, Catie met her favorite band and Anthony broke down. "Just seeing her happy because she tried so hard," he said. "She tried so hard for everything."



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  • Kids Come First 3 of 9
    Kids Come First
    The difference between China and North America? We have carseats keeping 4 year olds in the backseat.  The stunning footage of a kid falling from a moving car gets this Dad nominated for Father of The Year because of the 'without-a-doubt' action he took to leap from his car to scoop up his baby. He was in the drivers' seat when he leapt from the vehicle.

    Let's hope they were all driving to get a car seat.



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  • Smooth Criminal 4 of 9
    Smooth Criminal
    Frankie is a good kid. He does his chores, but likes to have some music to accompany him.  He asked if he could have Smooth Criminal on while he loaded the dishwasher, his Dad creeped around the corner and filmed this greatness.  As one YouTube commenter said, "t's real happiness, real family, where child is so free and happy." Any Dad who raised a kid like this is doing something right.



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  • Ewoks Are Real 5 of 9
    Ewoks Are Real
    Anthony Herrera told his kids that Ewoks were real. That's a step beyond Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. But just as we all go through hoops and barrels to make those myths come alive, Anthony did the same with Ewoks. He took his kids to Sequoia National Park (where the Ewoks live), and when his kids were disappointed that they didn't see any Ewoks on the vacation, he photoshopped them into the background of their vacation photos.

    Image Credit Anthony Herrera Designs via Gizmodo
  • PacMan Fever 6 of 9
    PacMan Fever
    Nathan Glemboski lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He taped out a PacMan board on the living room hardwood for his son. "I've never seen a child eat so many marshmallows and not throw up," he posted on YouTube.



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  • .45 7 of 9
    .45
    Tommy Jordan was none too impressed with his daughter Hannah's Facebook activities. It seems she liked to talk smack about her family on her wall. She did it once and was grounded. When she did it again and daddy took her laptop out to the woodshed.

    "That right there is your laptop, this right here is my .45," he said in one of the biggest viral videos of the year.



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  • Reality Changers 8 of 9
    Reality Changers
    Jorge Narvaez is a single Dad and budding YouTube star. He loves to sing with his two daughters, and after posting family videos of him singing with older daughter Alexa, he became a viral sensation. He was invited on Ellen, and last month he and Alexa took to the stage of America's Got Talent. Despite all the success, Jorge is still a Dad first - he won't do interviews until after the girls are in bed. "I sing with them every night until they fall asleep," he said. "It's my favorite part of the day."



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  • The Unknown Dad 9 of 9
    The Unknown Dad
    I don't know who this Dad is. The picture was posted on Imgur, and so I'll just honor him as "the Unknown Dad." He represents all Dads and the greatness we do each and every day, like braving Storm Troopers and Bounty Hunters over breakfast.

    Image Credit: Imgur

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Cat’s In The Cradle is NOT A Father’s Day Song
14 Things Dads Do Better Than Moms
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