â€œYou're doing what?â€ she said.
Melanie was getting ready to graduate college as Brandon was getting ready to start it.
â€œThis guy's never going to grow up,â€ she thought.
Worst, he was going to play football. As a former high school swimmer and the daughter of a longtime basketball coach, Melanie never thought much of the game. She didn't like it. She didn't follow it.
â€œThe first time we talked about football,â€ Brandon said, â€œshe was like, â€˜So what's the difference between a wide receiver and a running back?'â€
He raised an eyebrow.
â€œI was like, â€˜Oh, god, this is a long, long four years.â€
For the first two years, Brandon lived in Stillwater and Melanie stayed in Edmond. But after he proposed on Valentine's Day 2009, they married and found a place together in Stillwater.
Their wedding vows carried a pledge to stick together through good times and bad.
Good thing. Last season had its struggles.
Melanie, who now works for Ocean Dental in Stillwater, was still communing back and forth to Oklahoma City every day while Brandon was still backing up Zac Robinson. The two quarterbacks are buddies, so Weeden was all right waiting his turn. What didn't sit so well with him was the fact that he was third string, not second string.
â€œI would come home kind of (ticked) off â€” â€˜Gosh, I feel like I should be the backup' â€” but all she told me was to keep sticking it out,â€ Weeden said. â€œShe was trying to be as positive as she could.â€
Everything, Melanie told Brandon, would work out.
She believed that with her whole heart.
â€œHe set his mind to being the starting quarterback at OSU,â€ she said. â€œI think there were people who doubted him, but I've believed in him since he set his mind to it.
â€œLook at what he's done â€” far more than what anyone expected.â€
She has enjoyed every minute of it.
Game days are her favorite. Getting together with family and friends. Being inside the stadium. Experiencing the atmosphere. Seeing her husband tackled is no fun â€” â€œIt hurts to watch sometimesâ€ she said â€” but the rest is a blast.
She's felt a little lost these past few weekends without any games.
â€œI have no idea what I'm going to do with myself in January,â€ she said.
Yes, the gal who never wanted to have anything to do with football players not only married one but also become a football fan.
â€œMy mentality has totally changed,â€ she admitted. â€œLife has definitely revolved around football.â€
And life is good.