I have to think deep down inside the end of Super Bowl XXXIV still eats away at Jeff Fisher. Really how can it not. You work your entire life to get to that moment and have it end one yard short, I’m not sure how you move on from a moment like that. Especially when you consider that Jeff hasn’t gotten back to the big game since XXXIV. Well I will tell you one way you get over a game like that: faith. And faith, is exactly what Jeff and his now ex-wife Juli turned to after a life changing moment like that. In an interview with crosswalk.com, Juli Fisher said:
“The Lord poured out such blessing on us,. In God’s economy, it didn’t matter who won that game.”
Jeff and Juli met back when Jeff was a big time star at the University of Southern California (USC). The Trojans were playing in the Rose Bowl and like most of the college bowls, the teams are required to participate in various events during the week leading up the game. That year the Trojans participated in “The Beef Bowl”, an eating contest at a restaurant called Lawry’s Restaurant. At this event the Tournament of Roses invited their Princesses of the Parade to the beef bowl, one of who was Juli. I think you know the rest of the story after that.
From there Jeff and Juli married in 1986 and ended up having 3 children, Brandon, Trent and Tara. As I mentioned above faith and religion played a big part of Jeff and Juli’s life. While in Tennessee the couple was actively involved in the Mercy Ministry and held many charity events to help raise money. Despite the couples strong faith based relationship Jeff and Juli separated in 2008 with Juli alleging “inappropriate marital conduct” on Jeff’s part(and if you want to read between the lines, I think we can all see that it’s likely that Juli thought Jeff may have been stepping out on her). This wasn’t the first time the couple separated, in 2004 the couple separated but did not divorce. Now Jeff is a single guy trying to turn around the team that stopped him in Super Bowl XXXIV, the St. Louis Rams.