Troy Vincent's wife Tommi Vincent is the proud mother of two sons who both play football and will both probably play for college. One of those sons already has major offers from a bunch of big name schools, and the other one is a big fella' in 7th grade headed the same direction. So when she was asked recently if she was concerned for the health and well-being of her kids playing football, she said not at all.
She offers a refreshing outlook on the game, though I doubt many mothers would share it. The biggest drawback to having serious football players in the family seems to be the danger of prolonged and sustained impacts to the head. Those mothers and wives who have followed the lawsuit filed by some 5000 former players against the NFL are very aware of how dangerous playing in the league can be, and I think this informs their worries. In an article in NJ.com, Troy Vincent's wife Tommi Vincent says she's not concerned, though:
“You have to realize (injuries) are part of playing the game,” Tommi says. “You have to take the bad with the good. I never watched Troy play and thought about him getting hurt. You knew the possibility was there, but I didn’t think about it. I just watched him play, wanted him to do well and for his team to win.”
On another topic, Troy Vincent's wife Tommi Vincent used to be the co-owner of a massage spa in New Jersey, but they had an incident where an employee of the spa sexually assaulted a woman while giving her a massage. The woman was instructed to strip naked for the massage, and when she said she wouldn't, the masseur apparently tore off her underwear and forced her hand to his package! She screamed and ran out of the room with a sheet wrapped around her. That is definitely not good for business. The guy had apparently been charged with similar sexual assault stuff before, but Troy and Tommi forgot to check on his background. Oops!
Don Shula's wife Mary Anne Shula has a good business mind, according to 'ole Don. It was Mary who got him into the restaurant game, and now I guess he's got some kind of restaurant empire. Now, I don't know the details about getting into restaurants and how Mary played a big role other than that she has a good business mind and that she's at every deal that is penned. I think Don's son David Shula also has most of the responsibility since he runs the restaurant empire.
Don and Mary have done a tone of community giving and philanthropy work. They were actually given an award for all the things they've done back in 2010. Their big cause is the Moffitt Cancer Center, whom they've also been honored by for all the things they've done.
I think a big part of Don Shula's wife Mary Anne Shula having a commitment to fighting cancer comes from Don's past. He lost his first wife Dorothy Shula to cancer in 1991. The couple had been married since the late 50's and had known each other in high school. It wasn't until she was 23 that Don asked her to not go and teach (she was a teacher) in Hawaii and instead to return to Baltimore where he was and marry him. So that's the story of Dorothy and Don, but let's return to Mary Anne and Don...
Really, the big news about Mary Anne is that she sued her former stepson for a mammoth alimony. She had previously been married to a guy named Jackson T. Stephens, who was a CEO for an investment bank and was worth $380 million. At the time of her divorce, she was awarded $1 million a year and a house in some place called Indian Creek Island. She was reportedly whining about taxes at a country club in 2010 and that getting taxed would hurt Don somehow, so I guess the free million per year isn't enough?
Well, Russell Wilson's girlfriend Ciara is pretty famous. Famous enough for the internet to go insane when photographed next to the Seahawks QB at a Mariners game over the weekend. While people sought confirmation of the relationship, it became pretty clear when E! News ran with the details, saying It’s still at the beginning stages and it’s very fresh. She thinks he is a complete gentleman and has really enjoyed hanging out with him these past few weeks. It’s constant laughter and fun with them.”
Ciara was born in Austin, Texas but she never really lived in any one place for very long at all on account of her father being in the army and being stationed at various places. She apparently lived in Germany, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New York, and California when she was a kid. Eventually, she settled down in Atlanta long enough to form a group called Hearsay, which split up fairly quickly.
Ciara then managed to get signed into publishing as a songwriter, which is a pretty big deal. It basically means you sit around trying to cook up good songs all day long, and she managed to do that consistently after she met her songwriting partner Jazzy Pha, whose name I still don't know how to pronounce. They wrote a bunch of hit songs, and Ciara's debut album was number one. One of the songs I'm familiar with is "1, 2 Step," which is a pretty catchy hip hop/r&b/ pop thing featuring Missy Elliott. Russell Wilson's girlfriend Ciara did a good job. The song's production is well done, and the video features a guy in some neighborhood spraying himself with Axe deodorant and then spraying it towards Ciara to try to make her interested in him. That's kinda' funny.
Ciara has dated a bunch of different rappers including Bow Wow (formerly 'Lil Bow Wow), 50 Cent, and Future. She and Future got engaged, had a child, and then called off their wedding because Future was cheating on her during his tour. So now here she is with Mr. Wilson. I wonder if she's going to remove her tattoo of Future's name on her ring finger?