Washington Redskins Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

12/15/13
 

Kirk Cousins wife Julie Hampton

 

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The life of a backup quarterback is pretty sweet. Nice paycheck, no pressure, your starts come in meaningless games where fans are more than OK with losing, and yet you still get all the off field benefits. In addition to living in a cool city with plenty of action, the backup QB gig is a pretty good gig. And in DC, Kirk Cousins girlfriend, and soon to be Kirk Cousins wife Julie Hampton are excellent examples of the perks of being a backup.

Cousins has embraced life in DC, despite not getting the starting nod till the end of his second season with the Redskins. After a year and a half of dating, Cousins was ready to ask Hampton to marry him. Considering how the two have enjoyed their time in the city, Kirk chose the DC landscape to be a part of the proposal story. Cousins contacted the Congressman from his hometown in Western Michigan to help arrange a perfect location overlooking the National Mall. In an interview with the Washington Post, Cousins explained his thought process:

I called him [Huizenga] to see if I could propose on the balcony of the Speaker of the House’s office, because I had been there before and seen the view and thought it was a great view. He said they could set it up... The view was great. We were trying to get it at about 5 o’clock, when the sun was setting, but it was a cloudy day, so we didn’t really get the sunset. The scaffolding was still on the monument, but I couldn’t do a whole lot about the scaffolding. I couldn’t pull some strings on that one. Couldn’t pull some strings on the sunset. There were two big cranes in the background. I would have liked to have those removed.

The couple is not interested in a lengthy engagement, with a June 2014 date already set in Hampton's hometown of Atlanta. Depending on how his audition goes with the Redskins for the final 3 games of 2013, Cousins may be the franchise QB for a new team. Best of luck to the couple.

09/15/12
 

Mike Shanahan's wife Peggy Shanahan

 

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I've always had Mike Shanahan on my list of top 5 overrated coaches in the NFL. Now that isn't to say I don't think he is a good coach... I mean, you can't be around the NFL for as long as Mike has without being at least a decent NFL coach. With that being said many experts make Mike out to be one of the great coaches in the NFL and I'll be honest, I just don't see it. Yes he has to the two NFL titles with the Broncos but really how could he not have won with the rosters he had those two years in Denver.

On top of that he is supposed to be an offensive guru but take away John Elway and what has he done? Up until now when the Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III, has any team been scared of the Washington Redskins' offense? I think I know one person that might disagree with my opinion and that would be Mike Shannahan's wife Peggy. Peggy has been with Mike through all the NFL coaching stops along the way, having been together with Mike for more than 30 years. Like many other wives of NFL coaches Peggy keeps the family together. She's in charge of the family running all the finances and basically keeping Mike straight while he coaches. The couple has two children, Krystal, who apparently knows the Bush twins, and Kyle. I'm sure most people are familiar with Kyle as he is the offensive coordinator for his dad. Kyle is probably one good run with RGIII away from getting a head coaching position in the NFL. That will need to happen quickly as the natives are getting a little restless in D.C. and want to see the team start winning now.

11/30/11
 

Robert Griffin III's wife Rebecca Liddicoat

 

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UPDATE:07/08/2013: After years of dating, and enjoying their first full season in the public view, Robert Griffin III married Rebecca Liddicoat on July 6, 2013. No word on whether Robert Griffin III's wife Rebecca Liddicoat will now be Rebecca Griffin III or not.


2011 Heisman candidate Robert Griffin III is a fascinating man. He graduated from high school early, he's committed to earning a Master's degree even while playing in the NFL, and as opposed to most jocks, has no issues revealing his emotions in the national print media. In 2010, while Robert Griffin was dating his longtime girlfriend, Rebecca Liddicoat, he spoke with the New York Post:
Love can be hard, man,... But I don't mind being vulnerable

In an ironic twist, the date that article was printed (10/23/2010) would be the last day Griffin could call Liddicoat his girlfriend. In an elaborate set-up, following Baylor's 47-42 victory over Kansas State that night, Robert Griffin proposed to his girlfriend Rebecca Liddicoat. After the game, RGIII had Liddicoat meet him in the teams indoor athletic facility, where she was met with lit candles, surrounded by family and serenaded by Griffin who had a teammate playing guitar behind him, before Griffin dropped to one knee. She said yes, though there are no known wedding plans yet.
Griffin and Liddicoat were given the gift of celebrating their one year engagement anniversary on Griffin's only bye week of the season.
Rebecca Liddicoat is originally from Boulder, CO.