"You've always been there to support me."
Cubs outfielder Brant Brown with his father, Mike
"You have taught me how to see the lessons in a difficult experience. You know of my dream, and you dream it too."
Figure skater Michelle Kwan with her father, Danny
"My professional accomplishments are a direct result of watching you get up every day of your life and go to work with a smile on your face."
Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton with his father, Nate
"Thank you for allowing me to chase my dreams."
Giants catcher Brian Johnson with his father, Roger
"Thanks for showing me how to be a good husband and father and how to carry on the family name."
Giants pitcher Orel Hershiser with his father, Orel III (left), grandfather Orel II, and son Orel V
"Thanks for all your love and support, Mr. Mean."
SuperSonics guard Gary Payton with his father, Al
"You have taught me more about life than anyone. I am blessed to have you as a father."
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning with his father, Archie
"Finally you made it into SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Dad! Enjoy the present."
Reds outfielder Melvin Nieves with his grandfather David Ramos (left), father, Nestor, and son Alex
"Thanks for preparing me for all life's trials and tribulations."
Patriots defensive end Willie McGinest with his father, Willie
"Pops, thanks for your encouragement and inspiration."
Brewers pitcher Scott Karl with his father, Gene