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Talk about fighting the odds !
      12/17/10 10:02 AM

Candice Crawford received a very special gift from Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo for her 24th birthday this year: a ring and a marriage proposal.

Crawford, pageant queen and KDAF-TV anchor, was celebrating the milestone with Romo, 30, and her family at Five Sixty restaurant in Dallas on Thursday when he popped the question, reports the Dallas Morning News.

By Mark Creitler
Special to

Look, the shocker is when things go right. The most surprising thing an elite athlete can do these days, apart from the athletic performance itself, is to have a home life that is either so stable as to prompt admiring glances or so boring that no one even notices. Grant Hill comes to mind. Drew Brees comes to mind.

But most of these relationships among the elite -- they aren't normal. Why? Because these people aren't normal.

I'm about to write something that ought to carry a Tiger-specific exemption clause, because any conversation about elite sports stars and marriage is immediately going to be connected back to the Woods-Elin Nordegren divorce. (It makes sense, seeing as how they're in the news. But the connection fails, mostly because Tiger Woods is by now an absolute caricature.) Nevertheless, this is the truth as I've experienced it over more than 20 years of observing, writing about and knowing some of the elite athletes in the world: It remains utterly shocking when one of them has a marriage that works.

That isn't cynicism talking; the numbers make a pretty fair case for themselves, at least so far as they can be ascertained. Although the math can be slippery and most of the statistics have been gleaned by anecdotal means, the divorce rate among all professional athletes is generally estimated at somewhere between 70 and 80 percent, according to stories in both the New York Times and Sports Illustrated.

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* Talk about fighting the odds ! yregna 12/17/10 10:02 AM
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