NFL veteran lineman Jared Veldheer was just trying to help with his father’s hip rehabilitation, but his two young children turned the video into something adorable instead.
Veldheer, a Grand Rapids native and current unrestricted free agent, created a video that began with exercises to help his father, Jim, who had his left hip replaced in November.
“During this time of isolation my son Jared has sent me a few videos to help me strengthen my muscles,” Jim Veldheer said in the Facebook post.
But, after a few moments of Veldheer explaining techniques of a glute bridge as he laid on a mat, it was apparent the video wouldn’t be just about the exercises. His son and daughter, ages 2 and 4, interrupted the instructions a couple times with some kisses for their father, one of the biggest players at 6-foot-8 and 320 pounds.
Veldheer handled it well and managed to stay on topic, even though the rest of us didn’t. Jim Veldheer, a wealth management adviser in Grand Rapids, had a lot of “heart” comments on his Facebook page.
In a text, Jim Veldheer shared his reaction to the video:
“1. Jared was focused; 2. Jared was so detailed in his instruction; 3. Jared was a loving and patient dad; 4. The kids were so adorable.”
Veldheer, 32, retired after the 2018 season in part because of issues with his hips. He rehabbed, received stem cell therapy and unretired late last season to help the Green Bay Packers in the postseason at right guard. According to reports, he would like to play this season but has not signed with a team. He has experience at both guard positions.
Over 10 seasons, Veldheer has played 120 games, including 113 as a starter, with the Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.