Melanie Weeden enjoying the ride with her husband — Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden

by Jenni Carlson Modified: December 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm •  Published: December 22, 2010

“You're doing what?” she said.

Melanie was getting ready to graduate college as Brandon was getting ready to start it.

“This guy's never going to grow up,” 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.

“The first time we talked about football,” Brandon said, “she was like, ‘So what's the difference between a wide receiver and a running back?'”

He raised an eyebrow.

“I was like, ‘Oh, god, this is a long, long four years.”

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.

“I would come home kind of (ticked) off — ‘Gosh, I feel like I should be the backup' — but all she told me was to keep sticking it out,” Weeden said. “She was trying to be as positive as she could.”

Everything, Melanie told Brandon, would work out.

She believed that with her whole heart.

“He set his mind to being the starting quarterback at OSU,” she said. “I think there were people who doubted him, but I've believed in him since he set his mind to it.

“Look at what he's done — far more than what anyone expected.”

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 — “It hurts to watch sometimes” she said — but the rest is a blast.

She's felt a little lost these past few weekends without any games.

“I have no idea what I'm going to do with myself in January,” 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.

“My mentality has totally changed,” she admitted. “Life has definitely revolved around football.”

And life is good.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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RESTAURANT NEARLY FUMBLED BRANDON WEEDEN'S PROPOSAL

Brandon Weeden had a solid game plan.

Still, the Oklahoma State quarterback had to call an audible when he proposed to longtime girlfriend, Melanie Meuser.

It was Valentine's Day 2009, and he had everything figured out. They'd go to Opus Prime Steakhouse in Oklahoma City. She'd be unsuspecting. He'd have the ring. They'd order dessert, and there on top of the cake would be the magic words.

WILL YOU MARRY ME?

Everything went as expected until the dessert came out and the cake had nothing on it.

Weeden nearly jumped out of his chair.

“I have to go the bathroom,” he told Meuser.

“Right now?” she said.

“Yeah.”

She thought he was acting weird — he wasn't much of a dessert eater, so ordering cake was odd — but she started eating as he scurried away.

Weeden, who'd called the restaurant four times that day to make sure everything was set, was in a panic. He found the hostess and the waiter, and they devised a plan.

He returned to the table, and a few minutes later, the waiter reappeared with the dessert tray, carrying it high on his shoulder and announcing that they had a special Valentine's Day treat.

When he lowered the tray, there was the cake. Weeden came around the table, got down on one knee and popped the question.

She said yes.

Score.

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