Just ask Shannon OToole, the wife of a former Oakland Raiders coach, and author of the new book, Wedded to the Game: The Real Lives of NFL Women (University of Nebraska Press).
OToole compiled stories from dozens of NFL wives including Jacqueline Rice Jerry Rices wife and Kim Courtley Hall-of-Famer Mike Singletarys wife to emphasize how strong NFL women have to be.
OToole admits she got wise to the fact that shed have to be a do-it-yourself woman when the Raiders coaches wives gave her a set of tools at her bridal shower.
One door frame, half a dozen wall-anchored drapery rods and two six-foot built-in attic shelves later she says, Oh, this is what they were talking about.
Another NFL wife tells her that she learned to move furniture with her buns.
But as OToole reveals, the strength of NFL wives isnt always physical.
One NFL wife told OToole she shouldered the burden of her daughters rape by refraining from telling her husband so he could focus on his game.
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