Brian Cushing's wife Megan Cushing is the sister who doesn't play professional sports. Megan Cushing's sister is Kealia Ohai, the 2nd overall draft pick for a new pro soccer team called the Houston Dash. Just a little while ago, Megan had been joking with Kealia that they should start a soccer team in Houston. Now they've got their wish, and the team is the worst in the league.
Brian's wife is pregnant with a second child right now, very pregnant. One of her latest posts on Twitter was a picture of herself and her watermelon baby belly. Brian himself is a beast, completing a nice 30 bench reps at his pre-draft measurables. Megan has been fully supportive of him, and now she's fully supportive of her sister. Kealia was actually the scorer of the game-winning goal at the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup Final (whatever that is). I'm not fully convinced that professional women's soccer will have enough of an audience to actually stay afloat-- nothing personal, ladies. American men's soccer, the MLS, is in a fragile enough state as it is. I suppose it's viable as long as it manages to make a little bit of money.
For Megan, being the wife of Brian Cushing has its perks. A quick search reveals Brian's salary is a six-year deal for $52 million. That includes a $9 million signing bonus. That means buying swanky 5400 square-foot mansions in Houston for a cool $2.2 million. Their house includes four bedrooms and five half-bathrooms. They've also got the full home theater setup-- standard practice for any professional athlete in the 21st Century. Brian is your classic big, scary jock. I wonder what Megan thought of the psychotic pictures of him with a bleeding face and forehead looking like he wanted to murder an opponent. Hey, whatever drives the point home that his $52 million is well-earned.
Bill O'Brien's wife Colleen O'Brien is the mother of two and proud supporter of her football ladder-climbing husband. Bill took over as the head coach of the Houston Texans in January of this year, two years after he took over as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions following the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal that sent the Penn State athletic organization into a tailspin.
Colleen met Bill while he was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech in the mid 90's. She was attending a hangout which actually included Bill's father and brother, who apparently told him not to screw it up. That's kind of weird, don't you think? They were probably just joking, but it'd be funny if in reality Bill O'Brien was this massive screw-up with women, and he needed his dad and brother to hang around and whisper pointers and tips in his ear. Bill O'Brien's wife Colleen O'Brien is now more than grateful they were there to guide him along. At that time, she was in law school preparing to become an athletic director, but as her relationship with Bill moved along, she realized it would be far too much sports in one house. She has joked, "I'd have to hire him or get rid of him if he wasn't doing well. I don't think that would have worked out very well." Again, that would be amazing-- wife is forced to fire incompetent husband coach and then cook him apology dinner after work.
Bill himself has steadily sky-rocketed through the coaching ranks. He actually was hired as an offensive assistant at the New England Patriots in 2007 and managed to move up to offensive coordinator by 2011. His wife Colleen has said they were so dead-focused on this job that when Bill got hired to coach for Penn State, the two were in shock, and she then immediately began planning out how to proceed. She had to do the same thing a few years later now that Bill is the head honcho in Houston.
UPDATE 07/14/2014: One gigantic diamond ring later, and Hakeem Nicks girlfriend Ariel Meredith is technically no longer his girlfriend. The new Colts wide receiver dropped to one knee and proposed to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model. In a happy ending, the bombshell said yes.
While no official wedding date has been set, a couple that's never been afraid of the flashbulbs of the paparazzi, we're sure to know more details before things go down. With a stacked team in Indy and hopeful postseason plans, Hak would be wise to wait until the spring to lock things down.. Until then.....
Hakeem Nicks has had a tough couple years on the field. Despite an injury plagued stretch, life off the gridiron is going well for the Giants receiver. For proof, please consult the pictures of Hakeem Nicks' girlfriend Ariel Meredith to the right.
Ariel Meredith is a 28 year old model, who has appeared in four Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014. She began modeling in part time capacity in 1998 while in school before turning to full time in 2005. Ariel and Hakeem were first seen at the 2013 SI Swimsuit 50th Anniversary kick off event in February, and have reportedly been dating since late 2012.
Geographically, the relationship makes sense. Hakeem Nicks has been in New York since the Giants drafted him in 2009, and Meredith moved to the modeling capital of America in 2005. Unfortunately, Nicks is a free agent and the chances he returns to the Giants seem slimmer by the day. With the cross town Jets in need of offensive weapons, Ariel Meredith may be the motivating factor to keep him in New York. Hell, with millions of dollars and being able to come home to her - it would be enough to keep me in town too. Congrats Hak!