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Alshon Jeffery's girlfriend Ari Washington is a newly minted fiancee. The couple have announced their engagement as of right now. The plan is to get hitched right after this upcoming season ends. Of course, the obligatory pseudo-spiritual/seance engagement photos have been taken, and one such photo can be seen on terezowens.com. The photo is Alshon and Ari standing on grass, a pleasantly green wooded area in the background, and they are touching their foreheads together and smiling. Just once I want to see an engagement photo where one of the people in the couple stands over the other in the hunter's trophy stance.
Alshon's girlfriend Ari also seems to be something of an entrepreneur. She's not an "internet model," which is a moniker meaning someone self-obsessed enough to take pictures of themselves every few hours and also lazy enough not to get a job. Ari started a public relations firm called Double Coverage PR Group. The firm seems fairly legit-- with professional athletes like Darqueze Dennard and Taijuan Walker amongst its clientele. I don't completely understand why an athlete would need a PR representative if they already have an agent, but according to Double Coverage their "focus is on event planning, crisis communications & management, public affairs, charity/foundation ventures, public appearances and media relations."
So does that just mean Ari advises the athlete on how to act and what to say in public? Wouldn't it be hilarious if Ari's firm was tailored for only the dumbest athletes in existence? "Crisis communications & management" sounds like something you'd need if you brought a gun to a dance club and accidentally shot yourself. In that instance, I'm guessing Ari's expert advice would be to go to a hospital and then go to jail. "But in the future, I advise you to not to bring guns to dance clubs."
Alshon Jeffery himself has proved a solid performer. Last year he racked up 7 touchdowns with 1421 yards and a 16.0 yard average receiving and only a few fumbles. He was a Pro Bowler and a lot of people picked him as the most improved player. Alshon Jeffery doesn't even need advisement from his girlfriend Ari Washington on how to wave to fans, sign footballs, or answer media inquiries. "Okay, so these nice men are going to ask you some questions about the game. They're not here to tackle you. They're sort of like fans. After they ask you a question, all you've got to do is form words into this here mi-cro-phone."
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Josh McCown is making a lot of Bears fans question Jay Cutler. While he's building support within the Soldier Field faithful, Josh McCown's wife Natalie McCown has had his back for the better part of the last decade.
Josh and Natalie McCown met at college while Josh was attending Southern Methodist University (before he later transferred to Sam Houston State). As a strange way of showing how old McCown is for a starting quarterback in the NFL, Josh and Natalie McCown first began dating in the prior century (hell millennium for that matter). The couple has four children together: daughters Bridget and Aubrey, and sons Aiden and Owen.
There's not much information about Natalie McCown, but one might expect she has her hands full with four kids. Josh McCown will look to continue his recent string of successful starts while Jay Cutler mends. A lot of Bears fans may wind up clamoring for more McCown once he's back. It will be interesting to see if this recent run can translate to a longer run with the Bears, but fans can certainly enjoy the ride while he's taking it. McCown and his favorite target Alshon Jeffery look to continue their luck tonight on Monday Night Football against the Cowboys.
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The Chicago Bears are rolling right now. At 7-1, the Bears are being led by their ferocious defense, and by their starting cornerback/turnover machine Charles Tillman (serious, four forced fumbles last week? C'mon man...). As the Bears head into a clash with another 7-1 team against Houston this weekend, the Bears are now forced with the distinct possibility of taking the field without Tillman, and it's not due to injury or suspension.
Charles Tillman's wife Jackie Tillman is expecting the couple's fourth child any day now. In what became a strange controversy in the Twittersphere earlier this week, Tillman announced plans to be with his wife no matter what. The cynics and probably people without kids screamed nonsense about Tillman needing a "team first" attitude, despite the entire Bears roster seemingly led by head coach Lovie Smith declaring nothing but total support for Tillman's decision to be with his family. Others online argued that it's his fourth child, so it's not as big a deal. First try explaining that the fourth kid isn't a big deal. Secondly, consider that the Tillman's middle child and only daughter Tiana was born with cardiomyopathy requiring a heart transplant in 2008, and it becomes more and more evident why Tillman is rightfully determined to be there for Jackie and for baby number four.
On Wednesday during an interview with local Chicago radio WSCR-AM 670, Tillman explained his position:
The wife is due any day, so hopefully this baby can stay in until after the game on Sunday. I hope she stays in -- I'm having another girl. Monday, for sure, but if she comes Sunday, I think I'm going to have to be at the hospital Sunday.
For his part, Tillman is trying to downplay the nontroversy. He met with the press Wednesday and further explained his position appealing to the at times invisible humanity of NFL fans:
At the end of the day, (family is) all you have. This game is important to me, but after what we went through with my middle child, to me football will always be second or third in my life. That was a great lesson learned to teach me that when I'm done playing football my family will still always be there for me.
Later, after hearing this topic discussed on ESPN's Mike & Mike show, Tillman tweeted to them saying, saying, "god, family, football... Baby is coming Monday don't worry I'll be there Sunday."
We'll see what happens Sunday when the Texans and Bears kick off. Good luck to Charles and Jackie Tillman and family throughout this process.