Rodger Carr's annual Christmas gift for the oldest of his three sons, David, wasn't intended to surprise the boy—the youngster would sometimes toss the regular-as-the-sun-rising present around the living room with the wrapping still on it. Although Rodger played basketball at Cal State-Bakersfield in the 1970s, his first love was football, which is why he placed a tiny toy football in David's even tinier hands when his boy was in diapers. Last June, two months after the Houston Texans made him the first overall pick in the NFL draft, David placed a remote control in each of his father's hands—one for each big-screen TV he had bought his dad for Father's Day. Neither Carr can remember what David bought Rodger for Father's Day the year before, when David was still in college, a married father struggling to make ends meet.
David: "Whatever it was, it was cheap, because I had no money."
Rodger: "The biggest thing a father could get from his son is to know that he loves and serves God. David is raising his two kids right, and his wife is a sweetheart. What more could a father ask for?"
MICHELLE AND DANNY Kwan
Danny Kwan immigrated from China in 1971 and worked as a busboy, and then as a systems analyst for the phone company in Los Angeles. When his two daughters, Michelle and Karen, became serious about ice skating, the financial burden was so great that he once offered them $50 for every day they did not skate, figuring that would be cheaper. When they earned fellowships at an ice skating training center in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., Danny moved his family there and commuted two hours each way to his job. Michelle is now a two-time Olympic medalist and a five-time world champion—and earns an estimated $4 million a year.
Danny: "I am proud of her. She has worked hard and has kept herself in good shape. She has become a good person."
Michelle: "The thing I admire most about him is that he gave us opportunities—opportunities that he wasn't able to have. When I was little, we'd go out for a nice dinner on Father's Day. Actually, it was a nice dinner but not really a nice restaurant."
Danny: (smiling) "Sizzler."
Michelle: "Yep, Sizzler. This year we are talking about going to Las Vegas. He wants to see Celine Dion."
Danny: (smiling) "Yes, Celine Dion."