Life changes fast in football. One week, you’re on top of the world. The next week, you don’t even recognize your world.
In the NFL, change is inevitable. Even the team that wins the Super Bowl is never the same – coaches leave, players move on, it’s all part of the game.
My heart goes out to all of those men, their families, and of course, their wives.
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many of the Colts wives over the years. They’re impressive women in their own right – tough, smart, loving, and strong – they lean on each other and support their husbands, their families, and their team. These women hold down the fort, raise the children, and manage their lives while their husbands work long hours away from home.
It takes a special kind of woman to sign up for a football life. Just like their husbands, they eat, sleep, and breathe the game. Every win gives them a little more comfort and every loss leaves them wondering if changes will come.
“Don’t feel bad for us,” they say. “It’s what we signed up for.” They’re blessed with a lifestyle and privileges few enjoy. They know it and they’ll be the first to tell you – but that’s not what drives them.
The women I know are motivated by love for their husbands. They’re dedicated wives who put on a happy face so he has one less thing to worry about at the end of the day. They’re devoted mothers who carry on so their kids can have a normal childhood, even though they secretly worry about the next move and the uncertainty it brings.
The NFL is a small world and a big family.
As coaches and players move on, I wish them all the best. I’m grateful for the time they spent with us and everything they brought to our team and our community. And I know I’ll cross paths with them again some day.
But most of all, I’m glad to know they’ve got the women they have beside them every step of the way.