Washington Redskins Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

07/27/14
 

DeSean Jackson's girlfriend Natalia Garibotto

 

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DeSean Jackson’s girlfriend Natalia Garibotto is a student at Miami University, and she’s attractive enough to impulsively whisk away to a tropical island for vacation, which is just what DeSean did this year. Garibotto was formerly NBA point guard Kyrie Irving’s girlfriend. Irving himself got into some hot water with Natalia after a picture of him was posted cozying up to two models in a club. This is standard fare in the world of rich tweeting athletes. Natalia knows this, but Natalia is now an NFL woman! She appreciates DeSean Jackson and is at least partially aware that he has skills.

We’ll leave it to the fans to wholly appreciate Jackson’s gridiron talents. He’s a three-time pro-bowler with 16.2 yards per reception for 2013, ranking 9th in the league this year while racking up 1332 receiving yards. That’s more than you or I could tally, friend. Jackson is also the first player ever selected to the Pro Bowl for two positions the same year in 2010 (for wide receiver and return specialist). Jerry Rice said of Jackson, “He has all the talent in the world. There’s no reason he can’t be everything he wants to be at the next level.” High praise coming from a generous legend.

Thus, young Desean is living well and enjoying himself. In fact, it was just last night, April 20th, that the young gentleman was photographed swiftly approaching Rihanna in her Escalade to chat her up. He’s apparently a sociable guy late at night and especially outside of clubs, it seems. Who better to run over to a car window to talk to then Rihanna? If it had been John Madden in that Escalade, Desean Jackson might not have run, but he still might have wanted to talk...maybe. We’ll leave that for his girlfriend to ponder.

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.