A few years ago, I was completing an internship for the University of South Carolina athletic program when I bumped into Mrs. Jerri Spurrier in the football tunnel before a game. As you know, Mrs. Jerri is the wife of Head Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier. We were shoulder-to-shoulder waiting for the team to return to the locker room after their pre-game warm-up when I noticed her. I introduced myself and told her I was an intern with the program and a lifelong Carolina fan. We struck up a conversation about the game that day and had a little small talk. I told her that I was engaged to marry a man that was going to be a high school football coach. Mrs. Jerri gave me a half smile, laughed and then said, “Being a coach’s wife is the best life anyone could ever have."
This year, Drew and I will be going into our ninth football season together and our third as a married couple. As football season officially kicks off tomorrow night, I wanted to share some thoughts with you about what it is really like to be the wife of a football coach.
1. You don’t have great hair like Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights. This is actually the most upsetting part of this life.
2. His kids become your kids. You feel a sense of pride every time they catch a ball or make a play. Heck, if they score a touchdown you yell louder than their own mama.
3. You’ll wish you would have bought stock in Duncan Hines. Those boys (and coaches) love some brownies!
4. The phrase, “It’s just a game” will sound like nails on a chalkboard.
5. The guilt you feel for having to miss a game is immeasurable.
6. There is no greater joy than seeing those sweet boys coming through the meal line on a Friday afternoon saying, “Thank you, ma’am.”
7. You befriend the other wives because you know they are just as lonely as you are.
8. No one will truly understand your love for the game.
9. “I’ll be home after practice around 7:30.” Never ever believe this lie.
10. The first football game of the season will feel like Christmas.
11. At least one TV in your house will always have some sort of football playing on it. This is a promise.
12. You’ll fall asleep on Friday nights alone after you’ve cleaned out your DVR.
13. Bye weeks are blessings.
14. You'll need a hobby - this will save your sanity.
15. Senior seasons never get easier.
16. You’ll wonder how one person can go through so many pairs of socks. Seriously, it’s amazing.
17. Saturday mornings will become your favorite time. You’ll get a recap of the game over a breakfast you fixed for him.
18. Go ahead and plan to eat alone on weeknights. You’ll learn to appreciate this time.
19. For goodness sakes, get a dog. Maybe even two if you’re crazy.
20. You’ll have to learn how to cut the grass. You will come to enjoy this.
21. People will say insensitive things about the coaching staff during games. Give them grace.
22. Invest in a good mixer and plenty of Pyrex dishes. Those brownies won’t bake themselves!
23. You’ll know when to go on the field after a loss and when to stay in the stands. It’s a sixth sense that we have.
24. Invest in a good cowbell to do your cheering for you. Your throat will thank you later.
25. As much as you watch, study and learn you will never know all of the rules. It’s ok. He didn’t marry you for your vast knowledge of football.
26. They never coach just one sport, never ever.
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