"Rickard comes out with a [carton] of Rocky Road ice cream," Lopez recalled, "and he's sitting there eating it. I'm looking at him, and my boys know, 'Hey, man, you're eating Dad's favorite ice cream.' And I finally turn to him. I say, 'Rick, you're eating the only thing I really crave in life.' And he looks at me like, 'Oh, I'm sorry, Lope,' and just kept eating it. That's when I knew — you know what, this guy's going to be OK. He wasn't intimidated. … Just went about his business."