Thursday was my 27th wedding anniversary to the love of my life, Micki. We've been apart as we commenced the new NFL32 Show on ESPN2 (6 ET) and she is doing the hectic work of getting our house in order after some storm damage before joining me. She has given me permission to share with you a letter I wrote her to express my emotions. (Warning: It's mushy and faith-based but straight from the heart). Here it is:
To my sweetheart wife,
There are so many beautiful thoughts I have when I reflect upon the days and years that we have been together. The moment I laid eyes upon you, I knew I would pursue you to be my bride. It's a race I won but I want you to know my pursuit is everlasting!
Your outer beauty has been only surpassed by your inner beauty. There is no gift I can give to you that will ever match the gifts you have provided to me - the gift of your love, the gift of the greatest son a husband and father could ever pray for, the gift of family and the ultimate gift of opening my heart and eyes to Christ.
I always thank the Lord for being our rock and our redeemer; in this earthly life, you have been my rock. You have made our home a special place for both Alex and me. Whether I am at home or on the road, I always have known that one thing is certain in life - I have a wife who loves me dearly, who has encouraged and inspired me in my personal life and career and who has provided a selfless and righteous love. You have endured through the many twists and turns that this life throws at you. You are tougher than the rest.
I love you so much and I praise and thank the Lord daily for your love.
I can't wait for you to join me. I miss you dearly but you are always in my heart, my thoughts and my soul.
And you're still the hottest woman I have laid my eyes upon!
"When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize." - Proverbs 31:10-11
"So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate." - Mark 10 2-16
"I found the one my heart loves." - Song of Solomon 3:4