WAGS may detail the lives of the wives and girlfriends of gifted and successful athletes, but one of the inevitable factors of sports that gets glossed over is the work it takes to get (and remain in sports). I had the pleasure of interviewing Autumn Ajirotutu, wife of NFL wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu and she (as well as WAGS colleague Ashley North) gave their unique perspectives on football.
During the interviews, I offered up my opinions on NFL players, adding that they get the proverbial short end of the stick in regards to landing lucrative contracts. Though players like Tom Brady and J.J. Watt rightfully take center stage for their respective teams, they are just one person in a 53-man roster. Plus, just making the team, or for that matter the practice squad, is a huge challenge for most NFL athletes. “These guys are putting their bodies at risk more than any sport,” says North, who is the fiancee of Washington Redskins free safety Dashon Goldson. “And they get the least of it. It really is America’s sport.” “I haven’t had it as easy as the other girls,” adds Ajirotutu. “My husband has had a rocky road in this journey. He’s a fighter, and like you said it is the ‘short end of the stick’ – but all you can do is be there and love them and support them as they follow their dreams.”
Click on the Soundcloud clip below as the two talk about the challenges that their respective companions face in the NFL (“you fall in love with the person and not the uniform,” says Ajirotutu):
WAGS airs tonight on E! (10/9c).