Phil B:What would you like to talk about? Do you try to explain football to your kids?
Erik: Pretty much no. We don’t really allow our kids to watch a lot of television. They’re on their iPads a lot. I have to get ‘em a football game, a soccer game.
Phil B: You’ve got two kids?
Erik: A 3-year-old, Kylie, and 5-year-old son, Erik Jr.
Phil B: And Erik was sleeping when you got thrown out of the Bengals game?
Erik: Yeah, he was tired.
Phil B: But sleeping during a game?
Erik: He will go to sleep. Sometimes they stay up, but normally both of them don’t stay up. Usually, one or the other go to sleep.
Phil B: I don’t know how you sleep with all of those people in the stadium.
Erik: I don’t know. He was knocked out, gone to the world. My little girl, she was wired the whole time. If they both stay up the whole game, then they crash.
Phil B: So they’re into iPad games?
Erik: Apps. We download any of the free apps so they can play.
Phil B: Do you ever try to play games with them?
Erik: Yeah, I play a little football, a little soccer, whatever.
Phil B: How are you with them? Do you let them win?
Erik: No, absolutely not. They’ve got to learn the hard way.
Phil B: So you try to beat them?
Erik: I do. They’ve got to learn some way.
Phil B: Do they give you a hard time about it.
Erik: They know what time it is. I let ‘em know. I’m trying to win. A 3-year-old, 5-year-old, I’m trying to win, whatever. I’m trying to instill that in them early. It’s all about winning. Don’t be a sore loser, but it’s all about winning. (Hearty laugh.)
Phil B: Do you have a favorite app?
Erik: No not really. My favorite apps are for my banking statements, you know, Wells Fargo, Chase, I try to keep up with those. (Laughs.)
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