“My girls, Hannah, Bella and the story. You know, this day puts an exclamation point on my sports career, which was my first dream,” he said at the time. “You know, through all of you, with all of you, I am living another.”
Although his daughters – who were born after Derek’s 2014 retirement – didn’t get to see their father on the field, he shared that he looks forward to telling his children the important lessons they’ve learned throughout their careers.
“Bella and Kahaani, I want you to know that your father was far from perfect. I have made my fair share of mistakes on and off the field,” he explained. “You know, I have zero regrets in my career, other than the fact that I didn’t get a chance to share it with you.”