War daddyhood is in the eye of the beholder, so definitions vary wildly. Recruiting experts, fans, and coaches all agree that they don't come along too often. When a war daddy does arrive, he must combine elite ability with extraordinary toughness. Many picture a dominant, run-stuffing defensive tackle. But while most war daddies do play defense, they are in rare circumstances seen on the offensive side of the ball...Richard Seymour, a defensive tackle for New England is the only identified war daddy in this weekend's game.
While the phrase makes some kind of senseˇfootball is a war and the best players are the daddies, or somethingˇwar daddy's etymology remains shrouded in mystery. The term's popularity with football coaches probably has a lot to do with the fact that "war daddy" is so fun to say, especially in a Southern drawl. Give it a try yourself: War daddy, war daddy, war daddy. It's addictiveˇwe've been calling each other "war daddy" in the Slate offices all day.
Who's your war daddy? [slate.com]