NFL Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

11/23/14

Cris Collinsworth's Wife Holly Collinsworth

 

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Cris Collinsworth's wife Holly Collinsworth was a lawyer before they were even married. He was thirty years old, having already been to a Super Bowl with Boomer Esiason on the Bengals (they lost) and was know as a serious ladies man in Cincinatti. There was a joke that all the singles bars in Cincinatti considered his wedding a day of mourning, and the local papers of the time said the girls would be throwing themselves at the limousine before the wedding. I think maybe the city of Cincinatti just likes to play up their pro athletes' reputations.

Cris' wife Holly graduated from the University of Kentucky after having been a cheerleader (gotta' love the cheerleaders) and then graduated from the Cincinatti College of Law. Back in 2008, Holly managed to raise a whopping $7.8 million to renovate her old high school. 7.8 million dollars. That's not your usual fundraising amount. Usually you'll see amounts like 50,000 bucks or even 100,000. Everyone involved in the campaign said Holly was the reason they managed to get that much. One of the people involved said of Holly: "Yes, many people contributed through committees and contributions, but Holly is the primary reason for the successful campaign, locally and in getting the state's support." Being able to motivate and lead people is a rare talent, and this kind of thing is what makes Holly so cool. Holly also works with the Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund which serves to educate women about breast cancer and provide low-cost mammograms (not administered by Cris Collinsworth, ladies). They've raised over a million dollars for it.

This lady gets things done! Cris used to joke about his now wife Holly working hard in order to pay for their wedding. Apparently Cris also got a law degree at the Cincinatti College of Law back in 1991. I have no idea why he did that, but maybe he thought his wife was so cool he decided he'd follow in her footsteps.

11/22/14

Shea McClellin's Wife Sam McClellin

 

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Shea McClellin's wife Sam McClellin took a very simple and direct path to marriage. She met Shea in fifth grade at elementary school, started dating him sophomore year of high school, and that was that. They dated for around eight years and then got married. Their first date was to a Boise State football game. Then a few years later they both went to Boise State, and then after Shea got drafted, he proposed at the Boise State football stadium. Like I said, this trajectory was straight and easy to follow.

Well, high school sweethearts make for a stable and supportive relationship, I suppose. Shea's wife Sam recently participated in a fashion runway for the Chicago Bears organization in order to support an organization started by Bears player Jermon Bushrod that sponsors youth sports and education. Sam was also pregnant at the time of the fashion show, but that didn't stop her from showing off her "baby bump" and whatever clothes they gave her. How do they raise money at the fashion runway show? Is it just the price of admission that raises the money? Do the players bid on clothes or something? Maybe everyone just pays a bunch of money to be there and to support the organization, and the fashion show is just something to do while they're there.

Shea's wife Sam is a fan of Target, according to Facebook, and she's interested in running since she reads running blogs and fitness sites. She's got to be pretty far along with the pregnancy since her fashion runway show was in July and it's now November. I'd say around 7 months. Shea and Sam are probably expecting the baby in January. Shea got people's attention this year after a pretty substantial weight loss and bulk-up for this season. He's in the best shape of his life, and while Sam has been bulking up, Shea has been slimming down.

11/22/14 (Updated)

Joe Staley's Wife Carrie Staley

 

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Joe Staley's wife Carrie Staley has just given birth to a cute little baby girl who is now six months old. I believe the youngins name is Grace Staley-- cool name. You know, browsing through some of the pictures on social media, the couple have some artful wedding photographs, and I am a tough customer when it comes to wedding photos. So if you're looking for a wedding photographer that's a cut above the rest, call Joe and Carrie.

Carrie grew up in Encinitas, California, and she attended Notre Dame and was a star soccer player. The timeline for the relationship is roughly as follows: Joe's wife Carrie became engaged in April of 2013, she then married the big fella in January of this year, and the two had the baby a few months after that, though Carrie was looking mighty nice for her wedding. She calls 2014 the best year of her life, and the marriage+baby combo will often do it for a new bride, especially if they're married to a 300 pound wrecking ball with a good heart. Joe actually hosted a show called "The Joe Show" on the 49ers website. It's pretty much just him goofing around and talking to his teammates, but you get the sense he's a cool guy. Carrie posted a short video of Joe scarfing an entire cotton "weave" or whatever you'd call a full unit of cotton candy. A stick of cotton candy? A web of cotton candy?

The last important thing to know about Joe's wife Carrie is that she actually went on to become a professional soccer player up until around 2011 or so. She played in a league called the National Women's Soccer League, which I'd never heard of before. Man, a pro soccer player and a pro football player as your parents. Their daughter is going to be a powerhouse.