Married in the NFL: Supporting teammate who matters most By Justin ForsettThe Sporting News Contributor @JForsett RSSJune 19, 2014 8:06pm Justin Forsett and wife, Angie Playing in the National Football League can be physically draining and stressful. The amount of hours a player commits to perfect skills for his craft can be mind-boggling.The multiple sacrifices we players make in order to stand out among the best can be overwhelming, but we do it because we love the game; we do it because we have a strong desire to leave a mark in history. We all want to be regarded as one of the best to ever play.This week I am celebrating my four-year wedding anniversary with my beautiful wife, Angie. Four years ago I made a commitment to be the best husband I can be. I vowed to love, protect, honor and serve her with everything within me. I refuse to let what I do as a profession affect the promises I made to her on that day.My role as husband far outweighs my role as a running back in the NFL. I will be my wife's teammate longer than anybody I’m with on the football field with. So shouldn’t my commitment to excellence and effort at home be greater than that of what I put fourth in my profession?As a faith-driven athlete, I say yes.Each year I watch players, including myself, sacrifice money, time, pleasure and comfort in order to excel at this sport. I believe the same passion and drive should be displayed in the home as husbands. My wife is the most important person in my life, and I’m honored to be her husband. I would be doing her a horrible disservice if I came home from a long day at work and only gave her half of me. That’s not what she signed up for, and that’s not what I promised her.Don’t get me wrong: There will be days when I’m physically tired and can’t do everything I normally would around the house. This is why I thank God that I have an understanding wife who's committed to having a successful marriage.I also realized early in my marriage that the traits that make for a good teammate on the field also make for a good spouse at home. For instance, things like encouraging words, great effort, communication, selflessness and humility are all beneficial in football, as well as the home.I desire to leave a mark in history as a husband just as much as I do a player, so when I get home from a long day of football, the fun has not ended but only just begun. I’m not the perfect husband — I think my wife would attest to that. But I will be relentless in my pursuit to be the man I promised her I would be.It’s been four years since I made one of the best decisions of my life in marrying my wife, and I’m letting her know today that nothing will get in our way in leaving our mark in history as husband and wife.Love you, Angie. Happy anniversary.Justin Forsett is a running back for the Baltimore Ravens and contributor for Sporting News. He writes on religion, faith and family, and how each fits in his sport. Follow Justin Forsett on Twitter: @JForsett
“The amount of hours a player commits to perfect skills for his craft can be mind-boggling”Yeah, the rest of us just sit around doing nothing and have all this free time on our hands, they are the only ones that lose a large portion of their time to work. ::)I wish I had a job that gave me months off like they get after the season."Oh poor us, we can't party 24-7 and only make in the low millions of dollars to play a game part of the year."