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
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Melanie Weeden never wanted to date a football player.

Marrying one?

Not a chance.

“I didn't really like football players,” she said.

But she loves Brandon Weeden, though the Oklahoma State quarterback's wife is quick to point out that she fell for him when he was still a baseball player.

“He tricked me,” she said, laughing. “He threw me for a loop.”

She's so glad he did.

In a season that is has been relished by every Cowboy fan, no one has enjoyed it more than Melanie Weeden. Her husband has done things that no other Cowboy quarterback has. Win 10 regular-season games. Throw for more than 4,000 yards. Earn first-team all-conference honors.

This has been quite a ride for the Weedens.

But it's not just because of the wins or the records or the accolades that could culminate with an Alamo Bowl victory. It's because of what they've come through together. Every tough time that Brandon encountered — retiring from baseball because of injury, deciding to return to school, then sitting the bench for three years — Melanie endured, too.

She rode shotgun through some difficult times.

It makes this season all the sweeter.

“I knew when he got the chance,” Melanie said, “he would blow people away.”

She does know him as well as anyone. They have been together for nearly a decade, first meeting when Brandon was a rookie in the minors and Melanie was a freshman at Central Oklahoma.

“We dated, then two months later broke up, then got back together,” he said, chuckling. “You know how the whole thing goes.”

But really, how it went for them was unique. He was gone six months a year playing baseball. She would visit once a month or so, but still, the time away and the distance apart was difficult.

They didn't start dating exclusively until four years after they met.

Not long after, he started having trouble with his throwing shoulder. He was moving up the minor-league ranks. He was inching closer to realizing his dream. He was faced with a gut-wrenching decision — should he have surgery, rehab for a year and attempt a comeback, or should he do something else?

He chose the latter, returning to Edmond and to Melanie.

“In my mind,” she said, “I thought he'd probably just go to UCO and hurry up and graduate.”

She paused.

“But no.”

One day, he came home with some news.

“I'm going to OSU and walk on and play football,” he said.


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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