Cool Dad Job: Head Coach, Pittsburgh Steelers
Cool Dad Vibe: Stoic
Cool Dad Bona Fides: The head coach of a team in the National Football League is always on the hook — to answer for a player’s actions, a team’s failures, or a record that has too few Super Bowl appearances. This, at least according to one of the most storied coaches in the league, is very different from fatherhood. “I try to be the best dad I can be,” says Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, “but I realize I don’t always have the answers.” Blunt, to-the-point honesty like this has been a Tomlin trait since he was tapped to lead the storied Steelers franchise at the ripe young age 34 (the all-time-youngest NFL head coach). Two years later, with an infant daughter, Harlyn Quinn, and two sons under 8 years old, Michael and Mason, he lead his team to a Super Bowl championship over the Arizona Cardinals. Since then, Tomlin has led the Steelers to a 116-60 record and made the playoffs in all but three seasons. More importantly, his oldest son is now a senior in high school and, like dad, found an answer in football. The scholarships are already rolling in.