GD Star Rating
Cliff Avril's wife Dantia Avril was just married to the big fella' six months ago, and she's already proving to be a crucial component to his support system. After most of his games, he's the type of player to go really hard on himself, and Dantia is the type to remind him that he had a great game, full stop.
In an interview from the Seahawks' site, Cliff was telling the website that he rarely has a game where thinks he dominates and is totally happy with his performance, and he says that he usually thinks he could have gotten one more sack or one more tackle. So you can understand why his wife Dantia Avril takes the softer side most times. It's a pretty common tact in player wives' relationships and marriages, and it's a helpful one. After all, these guys are making millions, they're playing football for a living, and they're superstars; they should be able to let off the gas and say "hey i'm doing okay for myself and lovin' every minute." That's sort of where Dantia finds herself reminding him he's a solid player.
So Cliff's wife Dantia (formerly Dantia Slack) is originally from Indianapolis but attended Purdue University. She almost certainly met Cliff at Purdue, and the couple now officially make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina. The couple were married on May 10 of 2014 and are loving life. Dantia is actually the treasurer of a non profit that Cliff started called the Cliff Avril Family Foundation. You gotta' love it when pro athletes start non profits. Cliff's a good guy, a religious guy, and a fairly inspiring speaker, apparently. He recently gave a short lecture/motivational speech to some folks, and one of his lines was "put your pride aside for the bigger picture." Sounds like good advice.
GD Star Rating
Al Michaels married his wife Linda Anne Michaels way back in 1966. He was just 22 years old when he tied the knot with her, and they've been together ever since then. That's a pretty impressive feat in itself, and when you take a look at the guy's career, he sort of sets the gold standard for what you want to achieve if you're a professional broadcaster. Multiple Emmy awards, years of experience in the big four: hockey, baseball, basketball, and football. He's very well known as the guy who exclaimed "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" when the USA beat the USSR in the 1980 Olympic Hockey Final.
Linda has seen and heard a lot in all that time she's been married to Al. For instance, she's heard the now legendary story of Al and Howard Cosell's spat that eventually led to Cosell being fired. The incident happened in the mid 80's when Cosell was getting so hammered during a baseball broadcast that Al had to tell him after the game that he was "ruining the fucking telecast." He then went back inside to the bar to get a big drink of vodka to try and cool off, but Cosell had all but emptied out the vodka bottle. The other awesome story he told David Letterman in 1994 was about how a drunken Cosell back in 1981 got out of a limousine in a rough neighborhood in Saint Louis to commentate on a street fight between some kids. The kids were so shocked and confused they stopped fighting and just stared.
Anyway, Linda herself has had plenty of kids with Al, and they're both grandparents now. The couple was spotted taking their grandchildren to a hockey game recently, and they were driving a classy Mercedes AMG. Life is good indeed for one of the best broadcaster ever and his lovely wife Linda.
GD Star Rating
John Madden's wife Virginia Madden had to get used to having John around during the big holidays. Nevermind the holidays, John would be away for the better part of half a year every single year for as long as he'd known Virginia. John was first involved as a player in the NFL, though he never got to play because of a knee injury. Then, he was a coach for a good long while, winning the Super Bowl, and then he was a commentator for close to thirty years. All of this amounted to Virginia getting used to not having John around for a huge chunk of time.
So you can imagine how different it was for John's wife Virginia when he retired in 2009 and was spending all of his time with the family. John and Virginia have two sons, Joe and Mike, and a bunch of grandkids. They haul around in Madden's bus, which was formerly used for him to call games in since he was terrified of flying and vowed never to fly again after around 1979 when he had a panic attack. In her early forties, Virginia began to have dizzy spells, and she ignored them for a short time, but after they didn't go away she decided to give her doctor a visit. The doctor suspected she might have a blocked artery, and a surgeon confirmed it. She underwent surgery only after John checked his win/loss record, according to them. It was a successful surgery.
I don't really get the whole win/loss record checking thing. Was John trying to make light of the situation, or is he really that superstitious? Let's say his coaching winning percentage was .550. Was he somehow equating this to be the likelihood that Virginia would be okay after the surgery? Surgery and Madden's coaching record have absolutely nothing to do with one another. Anyway, superstitions aside, Virginia is fine and enjoying life with her now around-more-than-usual husband John.