NFL Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

04/01/14
 

Julius Peppers' girlfriend Claudia Sampedro

 

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Julius Peppers' girlfriend Claudia Sampedro broke the internet today.

After a tumultuous offseason seeing himself released from the Chicago Bears, Peppers had to have needed a break. The new Green Bay Packer set off on what is clearly an amazing Mexican vacation made an appearance on Sampedro's well followed Instagram account (510,000 and counting) and the sports blogosphere immediately ran to talk about it.

Sampedro is a self described "glamour model, Actress, Musician, Supermodel," based in Miami. Originally from Havana, Cuba she's made a mark across multiple mediums. Now, despite the four different job titles she labeled on her Facebook page, she missed two. As she was seen in "Don't Stop the Party," by Pitbull, you can include a video vixen in her resume. If you browse through her Instagram account long enough, you'll also notice she's a fitness instructor as a a regular to posting workout videos for her half a million followers.

This isn't Sampedro's first foray into the NFL dating pool. Sampedro is reported to have previously dated Reggie Bush (who clearly has a thing for women who look like Kim Kardashian). With Miami in her blood, this relationship may have short legs,.... winters in Green Bay are hell. Good luck to these craz

03/26/14
 

Jim Kelly's wife Jill Kelly

 

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UPDATE 03/26/2014 After updates yesterday indicating that Kelly was likely scheduled for surgery to help treat a recurrence of cancer, Jim Kelly's wife Jill Kelly posted to her Facebook page that surgery was no longer the best option at this time.

At this point and time surgery is not the best option for Jim. The cancer is in areas that surgery cannot successfully eradicate. - Jill Kelly, Facebook, 03/26/2014

Doctor's have called Kelly's cancer treatable and curable, while currently working to find a solution to manage pain and discomfort. The Hall of Famer is scheduled to undergo 5 or 6 rounds of chemotherapy and reevaluate his condition after that time.


With the passing of Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson, Tuesday March 25 was a tough day for the Buffalo Bills family.

On the same day that Wilson passed away, Jim Kelly's wife Jill Kelly reported that the Hall of Fame quarterback's cancer has returned aggressively and is starting to spread. After surgery in June, 2013 to remove cancerous cells from his jaw, the cancer has returned. Kelly will undergo surgery on his jaw again, and Kelly's wife indicated through Instagram that it is scheduled for Thursday.

The incredible range of emotions experienced not only by those battling the disease, but also by those close to the people battling the disease can be difficult to express. Jill Kelly wrote a beautiful entry to her blog recounting a beautiful story about the grace humanity can provide in the moments we may otherwise be at our worst.

Jim and Jill Kelly are parents to three children - daughters Erin and Camryn, as well as son Hunter Kelly. Hunter was diagnosed with a condition called Krabbe disease, which normally carries a life expectancy of three years. After being born in 1997, Hunter passed away in 2005, causing Kelly to focus much of his retirement career on his non-profit foundation Hunter's Hope. The foundation helps to raise awareness for the condition, while also establishing an annual Hunter's Day of Hope on February 14, both Jim and Hunter's birthday. Fighting back tears during his Hall of Fame induction speech in 2002, Jim addressed his son:

It's been written that the trademark of my career was toughness. The toughest person I ever met in my life was my hero, my soldier, my son, Hunter. I love you, buddy."

Jim Kelly's daughter, Erin Kelly, saw a couple of her Instagram pictures go viral this week, as she beautifully shared poetic pictures of her weekend with the quarterback in the hospital. On Saturday, she posted a picture watching TV in bed with her father, saying: "Watching the Syracuse game with daddy - he's my buddy! Love him so much!! #daddysgirl #prayersforjk #Kellytough," Erin shared progress Sunday saying: "So thankful that he was up for a little walk today!! God is good!!!! And He HEALS!!!! #prayersforjk #Kellytough #daddysgirl."

As trite and overused as it can be, we'll say it again. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Kelly family.

03/25/14
 

Ralph Wilson's wife Mary Wilson

 

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Ralph Wilson's wife Mary Wilson was at the side of her husband when he passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

News of Wilson's passing spread quickly at the NFL Owner's meeting. Roger Goddell informed all the league owners of his passing shortly before the media was told. Bills President and CEO, Russ Brandon handled much of the news delivery, informing the Buffalo News, "He passed away peacefully at his home with his beautiful wife, Mary, and his daughters by his side." He later released a statement saying, "No one loves this game more than Ralph Wilson. It's very tough. What he's' meant to the entire organization. He's our leader, our mentor our friend. How he loves his players and loved our community. Special guy. They just don't make them like Ralph Wilson."

Mary Wilson is Ralph's third wife, after the couple married in 1999. Wilson was also survived by daughters Christy Wilson Hoffman and Edith Wilson. He is predeceased by daughter Linda Bogdan, who died in 2009. The Buffalo Bills are expected to be placed in a trust, until the team can be sold as Wilson made it clear he would not be leaving the team to his family.

Ralph Wilson was 95.