Meet America's Most Chubbies Dad: Georgia's Matt RookeBy: Grant Marek and Will Steck
It took two weeks, 1,800 entries, 20 finalists, a weeks worth of Chubster Nation voting, and infinity Red Bulls, but WE DID IT. We found ourselves the first-ever Most Chubbies Dad in America.
And his name is Matt Rooke, a 31-year-old stay-at-home dad from Murrieta, Georgia:
A father of three boys, Rooke beat out 19 other Very Very Chubbies Dads, winning a week-long fan vote that earned him a year of free Chubbies for him and his kids, and a two-year dad modeling contract, making him the first-ever official Chubbies Dad Model.
Matt prides himself on "picking up heavy objects," on being one of the smartest stay at home dads in America (he's got a graduate school degree in biomechanics from Auburn), on hosting Monday Night Trivia, and on crushing everything from grocery shopping to cooking to Costco Fridays to laundry, which he likes considerably more than most average humans.
Give it up Chubster Nation, to the new king of dadding, Matty Rooke, and all the other awesome dads out there who make every day a Dadurday:
THE 20 MOST CHUBBIES DAD CONTEST FINALISTS
1. Tim Vivian, 52
Why he's the Most Chubbies Dad, according to his son Patrick: What do you get when you combine one dude, six kids, and a mega hot wife of 28 years? You get a 6'4'' stone cold fox with a great pair of thighs, and an amazing dad. I wanted to nominate my dad because he represents everything great about Chubbies; not to mention the guy has been rocking the look since before Kyle, Rainer, Preston, and Tom were born. With everything he does he paves the way for his kids, and has been a role model not only for his own children but for those around him. We love this guy more than the rad gifts you get on Julyber Monday. Most of his children are grown now and pursuing their own dreams, but the one thing we all will always look forward to is going back home to hang out with him, even if that means flying across the country. My dad has been a father figure to many of my friends and he has never failed to welcome a new friend into his home. Winning the contest would be great for him and the family but more than anything, it would be an honor to share my amazing dad with the whole Chubbies family. I know how lucky I am to have him around but I want everyone else to know that too. Ooh, and he would look totally rad in a pair of Jort Lauderdales.
2. Scott Greco, 27
Why he's the Most Chubbies Dad, according to his wife Kristy: Why is he the MOST Chubbies dad? Glad you asked!! Effort paid in is always at 150% but his Chubbies are always at 5..inches (or sometimes less)! Sky's out thighs out is his mantra and disarming bombs is his life's work. Sometimes those bombs include poopy diapers, but no matter the job, this Chubbies Dad wins the hearts and minds of his family!
3. Jimmy Kruyne
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: Because when someone says "I'm hungry", the only acceptable response is: "Nice to see you hungry, I'm Dad." Because my birthday was June 1st and I was only able to celebrate it for half a minute. It was my thirty-second birthday. Because when someone tells me, "I'll call you later." I need to correct them: "Don't call me later, call me Dad."Because when a guest comes over for dinner and asks where they should sit, the words "on your butt" have already left my mouth. Because no dad joke opportunity goes over my head, my dad reflexes are too fast.
4. Taylor Kronberger, 29
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: Why am I the #mostchubbiesdad? Let's look at the qualities of a good father: patient, supportive, loving. Now look at the qualities of the #mostchubbiesdad: fun loving, embarrassing, self defecati...deprecating. I embody all of these and more.(And I've only pooped myself once.) I'm a modern day Tim "the tool man" Taylor (minus all the cocaine) mixed with a dash of Red Foreman. I have more dad jokes than Kiefer Sutherland has DUI's (lots). I look back on family photos from my childhood and I have great memories, but I especially admire the shorts of my father and uncle, those thigh traps were a thing of beauty. So care free, so uncaged, so glorious. In 30 years I want my son JD to look back and think 'yep, I got my dads thighs, his love of morning screwdrivers and afternoon beers, and his unrivaled sense of style. Now let's hit the beach and rock these chubbarinos Top Gun style, goose.' (In my dreams he's always maverick, and we rock our chubbies on the volleyball court kickin' Icemans ass!) In closing, I'll leave you, and my son, with three pieces of advice: "Sky's out, thighs out." Never force, or trust, a fart. And finally, "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!"
5. Matt Rooke, 31
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: Hi! My name is Matt Rooke. I'm the husband of my lovely wife (Caroline), father of 3 boys (Jude (4), Titus (2), Samuel (9 Months)), and I am the #mostchubbiesdad. I take this title seriously as I am a stay at home dad who knows how hard being a parent can be and, if crowned with this title of Most Chubbies Dad, will give it the respect that is due. Vomit, dirty diapers, and snotty noses are an every day guarantee in my line of work. Without prayer, humor, and lots of music, I wouldn't survive an hour in this hostile war zone. Amidst the chaos, I enjoy weight lifting, ultimate frisbee, video games, and epic dance battles with my 4 year old. If it weren't for my amazing wife and her job as a pediatric nurse, I would not have the distinct honor of staying at home with the wrecking crew. By far, this is the hardest job I have ever held but, at the end of the day, the most satisfying. I would love to be the #mostchubbiesdad but, if America mistakenly decides on another candidate, I am already a winner because of my family.
6. Sanjay Juneja, 30
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: If entropy manifested itself in a little human, that would be my little man. His curiosity and fascination with all things, from nerve rackingly-large bodies of water to climbing up a tree without any thought to its inevitable descent requires me to always have ample room in my thighs to race or jump to my son's bold and safety-riddling proclivities. That, I pledge to do in my chubbies til the day I die, and couldn't be more honored because of it.
7. Jonathan Blackstone, 35
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: I am a DAD, I'd like to think I'm Rad, and if my math is right, that makes me a RAD DAD! If you ask my kids I'm the RADDEST DAD. I love to spend quality time with my kids as much as possible. Anything from having our barber draw up some dope lines in our mullets that would make Vanilla Ice head nod in approval with a slow yet powerful fist pump, to unleashing the most fashionable threads known to man wearing our chubbies to any and every event. I've raised my kids to want to wear nothing other than Chubbies and hate pants and cargo shorts with the fire of a thousand suns! I like to convey to everyone that my kids and I are classy but we also have a wild hair that can't be tamed by the likes of pants or any other inferior garment. It's not the size of the short, but the size of what's in the shorts...and that is one RAD DAD. Lastly, I'm a Chubbies reppin, gold chain rockin, kiss stealing, wheelin dealing, wild horse riding, fur coat wearing son of a gun, and I'm having a hard time keeping these tear away Chubbies on! It's Risky being RAD!
8. Ben Culbertson, 36
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: The Legend of the World's Chubbies-est Dad, Ben Boomsakalaka Culbertson, lover of short shorts began like all the great stories throughout history, with a dream and a "wait hold my beer". Years of training and perfecting the skills needed for chubdadhood were finally perfected one glorious weekend. As the sky was out and the gentle sounds of the 90's played in the background, the final step was pulled up into place and his thighs were freed by the best shorts since Adam and Eve put on leaves. Now leading his offspring with long strides and bared thighs, Ben charges into fatherhood like it's 3pm on a long weekend Friday... follow him and be a Chubbies dad.
9. Matt Bell, 36
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: He's a backyard-grilling, diving-board-flipping, hula-hooping machine with a mustache that puts even Magnum's to shame. (And he has taken our entire brood of four kiddos trick-or-treating in a Magnum get-up, just for good measure.) He has 6 years of taking the kids to school under his belt with nary a tardy to blemish his perfect record, and he ALWAYS makes the walk from our house to the school grounds in a rockin' pair of short shorts. (Weather permitting or not.) When it comes to dads, my kids hit the lottery, and I have the best partner in parenting crime of all time. Whether he's rocking out with our kids at ACL Fest, waking up to scare monsters from under the bed, or helping our kids catch their very first fish, this man is the epitome of the Most Chubbies Dad!
10. Myles Fullerton, 28
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: Hey there, I'm Myles. Bright patterned Chubbies are the only thing that get me through a week of opening a can of whoop ass and protecting the beautiful U.S of A. for the last 4 years. I am a proud Dada to the most beautiful 10-month-old boy/girl twins & snaggle tooth boxer dog. That's right -- double the diapers, double the fun. The most Chubbies dad needs to be an everyday super hero, like Thor the god of thunder. Well these thunder thighs won't let you down. Vote for me! Merica'
11. Brad Richardson, 26
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: What makes me the most Chubbies dad? I have a few fun facts that'll hopefully show you the people of the Chubbies nation why I should represent the Dad for Chubbies. First my parenting is as solid and stable as my thighs. Secondly my love for the U.S. of A runs deeper than a Toby Keith song. Third my dad bod is the perfect ratio of softness for my daughters afternoon naps and toughness to chase off her future suitors. Finally, I'm just trying to pass on one of the best qualities I possess... my ever growing love of those 100% polyester, 5.5 inch inseam, mesh lined shorts.
12. Scott Alan Kleenliside, 47
Why he's the Most Chubbies Dad, according to his wife Lisa: After reading the description of a Most Chubbies Dad on the website, I immediately thought this is Scott to a T!!! This is a man who does it all... works hard, plays hard and is loved by everyone. Great role model for his kids, step kids, and pretty much everyone else. From letting his little girl put makeup on him to spending all day driving a boat so everyone gets a chance to wakeboard, he does it all. Him and Ryan are constantly on the phone coordinating what Chubbies to wear before they hit the water! At one point we actually received a hand written thank you note from Chubbies with some sweet coasters! He's already our Most Chubbies Dad but you can make him yours too...vote for Scott today!
13. Michael Ross, 30
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: The name's Michael, but most people just call me 'Ross.' I've been fightin' the good fight since I became an Army Ranger in 2007. Which brings me to my daughter, my whole world, my Willa Stone. Willa shares her middle name with that of a lost brother who died by my side in Afghanistan in 2012. Recently retired from the Army, I spend all my days trying to be the best I can for her and my wife. Most of our days are spent making memories. We laugh, we play, but we also remember what makes America great: the freedoms we enjoy each day we have together. Willa is also learning the art of "sky's out, thighs out", and what's cuter than a baby's chubbie thighs?
14. Brad Bergaus, 31
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: My name is B-rad, and as you see it is no coincidence that 3 of the 4 letters in my name is RAD and I'm so dad-tacular, that I believe I'm the Most Chubbies Dad on the planet! Don't believe me? How many dad dudes do you know that are a real-life Danny Laruso and could karate-chop the pants off the next guy with their second-degree black belt? Don't worry, the next guy isn't wearing Chubbies, so his cargos are totes lame. I also reel in tons of bass in my free time, you could call me a woodworker, I grow legal plants in and around my humble abode with my rad green thumb, and I'm a dabbler in the water. Unlike the creepy guy in the corner to my left, however, I'm at the kiddie pool with my actual child. I believe the Most Chubbies Dad should be a Chef, like myself, who can rock a mean fanny pack from time to time. Even when I slice my thumb instead of the steak, I play it cool. That's why I always wear red Chubbies when I'm in the kitchen - so my thumb matches my rockin' shorts. I'm a brewer and a hop-grower, and my wife loves when the hoppy, frothy goodness gets caught in my tubular man- goatee. I'm dad enough that no matter who is embarrassed by my late-night presence on the dance floor, I feel comfortable moonwalking the crap out of my competition who are feeling an itchin' for a kickin'. Feel free to check out the awesomeness that is my IG profile. In the meantime, I'll be sitting in the sunshine in my Chubbies, petting my bald eagle and drinking a nice cold Bud Diesel while throwing touchdowns to my kids.
15. Charlie Taylor, 43
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: There is no doubt I am the one & only Most Chubbies Dad and have been for 20 years now. While I admire all you young dads just getting in the game, I'm over here still chubbying it up with my 20 year old son, twin 17 year old sons, and 12 year old daughter - and they're the ones that told me to sign up for this because they've seen it first hand. I've always tried to be what they need, when they need it - sunday school teacher, camp counselor, coach, crossfit trainer - even Dubsmash & dance partner. This is me, this is who I've been for twenty years. Check out all my pics & videos -- go all the way back. I have loved every moment with them and look forward to many more.
17. Jeff Schuele, 29
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: That's a great question with a lot of answers. Let's wind the clock back to winter of 2012 when I got my first pair of Chubbies. 9 months later my wife gave birth to our first kid... weird right? Now I'm the proud dad of two badass daughters and make sure to embody the Chubbies lifestyle- Going a million percent in everything I do in life and with my kids too! I spend a lot of time getting way too into 3 year old soccer games, gymnastics meets, and dance recitals (apparently cheering during the recital itself is "frowned upon") One of my biggest hobbies is going all out for every single holiday. I'm a huge adrenaline junkie who enjoys skydiving, mountain climbing, and adventuring all over the world. In my spare time from being a dad I'm a freedom-fighting US Marine- ensuring that we are all free to live the Chubbies lifestyle back home. In short- I love my wife, I love my daughters, and I love America!
18. Chris Stabel, 29
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: Rad dadding isn't a choice, but a role you're quite literally born into. We don't follow blindly, we take charge and play by our own rules. We color outside the lines, on purpose. We can make sick beats using nothing but our mouths and some well timed thigh slaps. We make up names for our favorite things - peanut butter and bacon slapped between two Eggos? Well thats Dad's Slammin' Breakfast Sammie, and yes it can be eaten with one hand, leaving the other available for Wii tennis. We make a mess when we eat (obviously). We sometimes listen to Smashmouth's Allstar a little too loud. We do all of these things without fear of judgement, because it makes all of our lives more fulfilling. Above all, we recognize the value in enriching our children's lives through the rock steady, ever present beacon of fatherhood guidance that has been passed down to us by our forefathers. This is the essence of being a Chubbies dad, and one which I am proud to uphold every gosh darn day of the year. Sky's Out, Thighs Out.
19. Rory Sullivan, 31
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: Just a Root'n, Toot'n, Shoot'n, Grad-School'n, Coast-Guard'n, Party-Hard'n, Power-Lift'n, Gear-Shift'n, Steak-Grill'n, Dad-Chill'n, Driving-Range'n, Diaper-Change'n, Short-Wear'n, Grizzy-Bear'n, Dance-Floor'n, Wife-Adore'n regular guy.
20. Colby A. Chase, 19
Why I'm the Most Chubbies Dad: Chubbies and dads are a lot alike, being both soft and strong at the same time. Being a dad and wearing Chubbies go hand in hand. Chubbies embodies patriotism, role modeling, reliability, and standing for something. All of those things are crucial in being a dad in my experience. Whether I am changing a diaper, playing catch, or watching Chuggington with my kids, I am always there for them. Just like the way Chubbies is always there for me, as in being strapped to my freedom bearing thighs!
OK, I NEED A LITTLE MORE BACKGROUND: WHAT IS THIS?
We, here at Chubbies, believe that our dads, whether our actual dads or dad-like figures in this world (Uncle Jesse high-five!), inspired the very essence of our clothing, our brand, and our lifestyle. This Father's Day season, we're gonna return the favor by finding that one most dadtacular, over-cheering-at-the-tee-ball-game, corndog-shoveling, inside-joking, embarrassing-the-kids-with-ridiculous-dad-dancing, Most Chubbies Dad in America.
WHAT DO I WIN?
Welp, we're offering that Dad 1) free Chubbies for a year for them and their kid, 2) a two-year modeling contract as Chubbies' first and only official Dad Model, and 3) and most importantly... friggin' bragging rights.
SOUNDS AWESOME, WHAT'S A "CHUBBIES DAD" THOUGH?
Well, let us break it down for ya. A Chubbies Dad is a Dad who goes above and beyond the call of Dad-Duty; a dad who is not only selfless in his responsibilities as a father, but also as a mentor and a friend; a dad who isn't afraid to embarrass himself in support of his kids while appreciating the sweet humility in embarrassing his own kids; a dad who doesn't think there is ever too much bacon on his kid's plate; a dad who imbues the Chubbies lifestyle -- in pursuit of the eternal weekend: spreading fun times, good vibes, and radically bodacious style -- and imparts that wisdom on his children, to be passed on generation to generation.
WHOA, THAT'S TOTALLY ME. HOW DO I ENTER? WHEN DO THEY ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS?
Well, you can check out the Official Rules right here, but here's a Cliff's Notes style step-by-step for how it works:
Step 1: Voting is all closed up -- if ya missed the boat, start honing your dadding for 2018
Show us that you have what it takes to be America's Most Chubbies Dad by capturing some super duper dad moments with your kids on the ole smart phone or camera! Then, post that bad mama jama to Instagram, tag us (@chubbies) in the caption of the post, and make sure to include the hashtag #mostchubbiesdad so we know how to find it. Also a heads up: Make sure you're following us so if you make the Top 20 we can DM you and letcha know. Also ALSO: if you've got a private Insta account, just shoot us your entry via DM and we'll make sure you're in the mix. You've got from now (Wednesday, May 24th) until midnight on Thursday, June 1st to enter, and you can submit as many radical dad pics as ya want. More = Better.
Step 2: Our expert panel of "Dads Who Work At Chubbies" will select a Top 20, which will be announced on Friday, June 2nd.
Step 3: Should you be in our Top 20, you'll then create your very own Most Chubbies Dad profile!
Step 4: Finally, people from all over the country will have the opportunity to see your Super-Dadness, and vote for the Most Chubbies Dad!
Step 5: America's Most Chubbies Dad will be announced on June 9th, 2017.
AWESOME, IS THERE A HYPE VIDEO FOR THIS?
So, dads.... think you have what it takes? I saaaaiiidddd, DO YOU THINK YA HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AMERICA'S MOST CHUBBIES DAD?! BECAUSE WE THINK SO! In fact, we know so. We know one of you out there has exactly what it takes to not only take the cake, but also know how to bake it because that's what DADS DO. One of you out there is out there acting like the best partner in crime literally ever, instilling the notion that bunny loops are the only way to tie shoes, and dadding better than any dad has ever dadded.
May the dadness be ever in your favor.