Friday, September 24, 2010

It's Official - Football Wives are Invading the Tube

Thanks to the PR gods for finally unleashing my little secret - I can officially announce that I'm involved in a wonderful project for VH1 - Football Wives. I've been working with an amazing ensemble cast putting together a show that will be fun, entertaining and real. I can't wait to tell our story about what life has been like in the pro-football world for the last decade. We air October 24th - make sure you check it out.

I do want to point out one little issue with the official announcement today - it lists Ryan as a tight end for the UFL. Unfortunately, he's not on a roster right now due to injury (although he's healthy - so we're hoping that will change), so that characterization is inaccurate. We're big proponents of the UFL in this household - it's given my husband an opportunity to continue to play the game he loves. Because Ryan is no longer eligible to play in the NFL, he was planning on playing this last season of his career for one reason and one reason only - for the love of the game. It's not the money - the UFL doesn't pay that much. But before you knock the UFL, check out the rosters of the teams - they are full of NFL-caliber talent, pro-bowlers, etc. It's good, hardcore football played by men who love the game.

The inaccurate label is unfortunate as well because the "UFL" next to my husband's name may be throwing some people off - apparently UFL wives aren't REALLY football wives. REALLY? Let's get real - Ryan played seven seasons in the NFL. That's no easy feat when (a) he was undrafted out of college and (b) the average NFL career is only three years. And it was a hard-fought decade of football with plenty of highs and lows - injuries, roster cuts. You name it - we've been through it. Now we are at a point that ALL pro-football players will encounter - retirement and transitioning into life after football. It hasn't been easy, and I can't wait to let people get a glimpse of our reality. I think it'll make an interesting tale.

So make sure you tune in - in the meantime, here's the official presser released today that includes a shout-out to my castmates:

Get Your Game Face on for the Ladies of VH1's 'Football Wives'

New Series Premieres Sunday, October 24 at 10:30 PM ET/PT

Catch Sneak Peeks and Exclusive Clips on
NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Tighten your helmets and put on those extra pads because football season is about to get intense as the wives and girlfriends behind some of the sport's most elite players take the field on VH1 Sunday, October 24 at 10:30 PM ET/PT.

A flashy team of Football Wives will give viewers a never-before-seen look into the glamorous, and dramatic, life of a professional football player's spouse in VH1's original series. VH1's "Football Wives" include:

•Pilar Sanders, married to Deion Sanders, all-pro cornerback, retired
•Amanda Davis married to Leonard Davis, guard, Dallas
•Chanita Foster, married to George Foster, tackle, UFL
•Brittany Pigrenet, girlfriend of David Buehler, kicker, Dallas
•Dawn Neufeld, married to Ryan Neufeld, tight end, UFL
•Melani Ismail, married to Rocket Ismail, receiver, retired
•Erin McBriar, married to Mat McBriar, punter, Dallas
•Mercedes Nelson ex-girlfriend of a star player, Dallas

Set in the cradle of American football, Dallas, this series goes inside the real-life locker room of the spouses of some of the biggest footballers in the game. Many of these ladies live the life. They drive the best cars, live in the biggest mansions, wear designer clothes and jewelry, and travel first class. But living the high life is not all glamour and is frequently fleeting. Football players are often injured so their partners are forced to not only play wife, but also be a mother or nurse to their man. The careers of these modern-day gladiators span only a few years on average and their life-expectancy is alarmingly low. There is often a fine line between the stars who collect big contracts and the journeymen who fight to stay in the league, sometimes struggling to pay their bills. And unlike basketball players, football stars travel less for games and are more often home with their families. What price will they pay for enduring the equivalent of multiple head-on collisions on any given Sunday?

Full episodes and extra scenes from "Football Wives" will be available on and through VH1 Mobile each week following the show's on-air premiere.

"Football Wives" is produced by Shed Media. Executive producing for Shed Media are Nick Emmerson, Jennifer O'Connell, Alex Demyanenko, and Leola Westbrook. Tom Huffman is a consulting producer. Shaunie O'Neal and Phil Robinson are executive producers. Executive producing for VH1 are Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes and Noah Pollack.


Pamela said...

Congrats Dawn, I will surely be watching and writing about it. I used to work for VH1 in the promos dept., so I have to find out who's doing/did the promos from my dept. I'm still close to everyone there, so I'll get to see the artwork and all.

I liked Basketball wives, but at least you are wives, lol. Keep up the good work and I may need to run this by my editor to see if I can do a story on you/this endeavor. I write for Today's Child and have done interviews with Kimora, Victoria Rowell and most recently Boris & Nicole Kodjoe.

Again, best of luck!!

Dawn said...

Thanks Pamela! I appreciate it!

Suzy said...

Congrats!! Is there any way to see it if I don't get VH1?