I was recently featured in an article for Frisco Enterprise. Enjoy!
Frisco resident makes Football Wives more ‘real’
Dawn Neufeld is a mom first, a lawyer second and the wife of a football player third. Although she prioritizes her life in that order, it is her role as wife to former Dallas Cowboy and current UFL tight end Ryan Neufeld that has landed her a role on the new VH1 reality show "Football Wives."
In the show, the wives and girlfriends of football players form their own team, a group of women from the Dallas area – home to America’s Team. Dawn just finished shooting the first season of the show, which is set to air at 9:30 p.m. Sunday nights beginning Oct. 24.
“Although our lives as football wives are awesome, it’s not all glitz and glamour,” Dawn said. “In real life, my reality is I have two children, one with special needs.”
Dawn and Ryan are the parents of a 2-year-old daughter, Bryn, and a 6-year-old son, Will, who has autism. Dawn said she was unsure how Will would react to the change in routine with cameras around, but it turned out that her children were fairly comfortable with the crew.
“Anytime the cameras came around … she was just smilin’ and cheesin’ and performing,” Dawn said about Bryn.
Perhaps the ease in front of the camera comes from her mother. Dawn earned her bachelor's of arts degree in communication from UCLA and hosts a Dallas-based show about entertainment and sports called "D210 TV." It was as an undergraduate that she met Ryan, and the two maintained a long-distance relationship while she worked on a law degree and he pursued his football career before they got married.
Because football can be such a fleeting career, Dawn said she continues her work as a lawyer part-time.
“I like using my brain,” she said.
The show followed the ladies all over the Metroplex. Cameras went in the Neufeld’s Frisco home and a lot of shooting was done at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. Dawn admits that although she tried to keep her home as tidy as possible for the cameras, children have a way of revealing clutter that has been hastily stashed into the bedroom.
“I didn’t want to hide any part of my reality,” she said. “Usually it is very chaotic and messy, and I’ve got clothes and Cheerios all over my car. I watch a lot of other shows, and I see a lot of selling. There were plenty of times I had on sweat suits, no makeup and hadn’t combed my hair.”
While women will likely be attracted to the show’s glimpse into the upscale lives of the football wives, men should note that the husbands also are very involved in the process. Those football players include retired all-pro cornerback Deion Sanders, Dallas kicker David Buehler, Dallas punter Mat McBriar and Dallas guard Leonard Davis.
“A lot of the guys are still playing or recently retired,” Dawn said. “I think my husband had a great time with the experience. He was 100 percent on board and excited for the opportunity.”
Dawn said that the show actually solidified some relationships, and she thinks that there are some really touching moments that people will enjoy watching.
“I think we have a really awesome, dynamic group of women,” Dawn said. “There are things that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. There are some endearing, poignant moments that I think people will be able to relate to.”
The Neufeld family bought their home in Frisco six years ago while Ryan was playing for the Buffalo Bills. Dawn said they’re happy to call Frisco home, especially with all of the great services Frisco ISD has provided for her son.
“I’m so happy to be able to represent Frisco,” she said.
Expect to see Dawn and her family in a second season of the "Football Wives" if the show is picked up for the spring, right about the time when the women take over Dallas during the Super Bowl.