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Ryan Fitzpatrick Proposed to His Wife at a Gas Station McDonald’s
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Ryan Fitzpatrick is probably the most interesting man in the National Football League. Outside of his glorious beard, the journeyman quarterback is also incredibly well-educated and has a large family. Walking a mile in his shoes would be difficult for many, but he makes it look easy and loves every second of it.

Now with the Miami Dolphins, Fitzpatrick’s NFL career has been far from typical. He’s played for the St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before finding a new home in South Beach last season.

Through it all, his wife, Liza Barber, has been there every step of the way and the couple now has seven kids.

Who is Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Wife Liza Barber?

To Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick, his family means everything and it all starts with Liza Barber.

Barber grew up and went to high school in West Des Moines, Iowa before playing college soccer at Harvard University. She was the team captain for the Crimson as a senior and even earned All-American status.

Just as notably, the star soccer player met Ryan Fitzpatrick, a Gilbert, Arizona native, Harvard’s starting quarterback, and 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year. They graduated the same year and moved in together.

After college football, Fitzpatrick was a seventh-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft and his amazing journey began. Barber was definitely along for the ride.

The rest, as they say, is history.

He Proposed at McDonald’s

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As a rookie NFL quarterback with the St. Louis Rams, Fitzpatrick knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Barber. So he bought a ring and was getting ready to propose. The only problem? He purchased the diamond from their joint bank account.

That same day, Barber’s card was declined at the Gap and planned to check their bank account when she got home. Fitzpatrick, likely in an all-time panic mode, had to make a move, and make it fast.

On their way home, he asked her to go to dinner. All she wanted was McDonald’s. And that’s where he popped the question. Oh, and the fast food restaurant was attached to a gas station.

“We drove by all these fancy places,” Fitzpatrick explained to the Los Angeles Times. “I asked her if she wanted to grab some dinner and sit by the lake. It was November, and she was like ‘Why would I do that? It’s freezing outside!’ All she wanted was McDonald’s. My relationship with my wife, and knowing her, it was just the perfect setting.

“She ordered probably a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets and had sweet-and-sour sauce on her face.”

It was FitzMagic in its purest form. They got married in June 2006.

They Have 7 Kids

American football player Ryan Fitzpatrick and his supermom wife Liza Barber have seven kids together: Brady (12), Tate (10), Lucy (8), Maizy (6), Zoey (4), Ruby (2), and Jake (1). All seven kids were born in different states.

Having that many kids not an NFL record (looking at you, Antonio Cromartie and Philip Rivers), but it’s still impressive. A net worth of approximately $18 million helps pay for some of that food, too.

There’s no doubt the Fitzpatricks’ personal life is pretty wild.

Fitzpatrick Always Wears His Wedding Ring

These days, Ryan Fitzpatrick is throwing touchdowns for the Miami Dolphins and head coach Brian Flores. The scenery has certainly changed over the years, but one thing has not: the NFL player does not take off his wedding ring, even for games.

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“I haven’t seen a reason to take it off, I guess,” Fitzpatrick told The New York Times. “It stands for something. It’s not like I’m trying to throw a message in anybody’s face. It’s just a personal thing between me and my wife. It’s important for me not to take it off.”

Despite all of the ups and downs, and moves across the country, Ryan and Liza’s love remains stronger than ever.

This post was originally published on September 24, 2020.

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Brett Regan About the author:
With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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