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Does the family side of Ireland change your perspective?

I saw a side of Jeff Ireland over the weekend that I wasn't familiar with. I saw him put his youngest girl Annie on his shoulders like dads put their kids on their shoulders to see parades. I saw his pride in his only boy Riley. I listened to Rachel Ireland, the Dolphins general manager's wife, talk of how they met and how Ireland cared for her when she was in an auto accident soon after they met.

He asked her to marry him three months after they met. As I write in my column today, she was in a wheelchair when he proposed.

My column is not about the relationship Ireland and his wife share, although it does touch on it. That relationship seems strong from the outside. It has to be.

Because my column is about the Ireland twins and the struggles and fight and fallout that caused by the autism that attacked them when they were two years old.

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I spent time with the Irelands (and Dan Marino as you can see in the photo) during this weekend's Dan Marino Foundation Walkabout for Autism at Sun Life Stadium. Ireland told me he's on the road for the Dolphins 150 to 175 days per year -- scouting, at bowls, at league meetings, at the combine, at player workouts. I've dealt with that side of Jeff Ireland. The General Manager side.

I hadn't dealt too often with the guy I saw over the weekend. The father. The husband. The guy who got a call when he was at the East-West Shrine game from his wife telling him to come home.

Three of the children had Influenza A. Annie had a fever of 105 and it wasn't coming down. Two others were throwing up. The nanny had gone home for the evening and Rachel couldn't get a hold of anyone to watch the other kids.

It was time to head to the hospital so Rachel called Ireland, who was in Tampa for the game. 

"I was taking them all the kids with me so I said by the time I get them all packed up and out the door, you need to be driving across Alligator Alley and come get the other kids so they don’t have to spend the night in the hospital with me," Rachel said. "And he came home.”

What else is a father to do, right?

“That doesn’t happen very often so when she makes that call, it’s a big deal," Ireland told me. "She can balance a lot. We sit there an argue for a second and then I realize it’s serious and I come."

We don't think of football players as people. They are guys on a TV screen that are chiseled and strong and fast. We don't often see their human side behind that helmet.

We don't think of coaches or general managers as people. They're the guys pacing the sideline or making trades from behind a curtain. And all we seem to care is if they get results. We don't much care if their children are sick, or their marriage is strong, or their twins twins have autism.

Or do we.

Look, many of you are very hard on Ireland. Your reasons for that, I assume, have to do with his work in bringing a winner to the Dolphins. But some of the criticism  is personal and cruel.

So now that you've gotten to know the Ireland family better are you as likely or less likely to take shots at the Miami GM?

Remember, professional accountability and criticism is inbounds. But can you agree with me, personal cracks are out of bounds?

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LOL, BETTER TO HAVE YOU THEN THE(LOVE BOY)) GANG.

(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

Aloco, the only thing about you that makes sense is that you make no sense.

Only sissies like you with no life cling to such stories & myths because your life is worthless.

Offically done with the brain dead, cowardly blogger otherwise known as Aloco.

I pray Armando answers your accusation to expose you as the dumbest blogger here who has ALREADY been exposed repeatedly as a troll.

Go find yourself a spin cycle retardo!

lol

ALoco,

YOU OWE LOL AN APOLOGY........ YOU HAVE KNOW SHAME......

YOU HAVE NOW BECOME THAT WHICH YOU CLAIM TO DESPIES.... THE LOVE BOYS GANG.....

YOU HAVE NO SHAME...NO SHAME...NO SHAME

PLEASE REDEEM YOURSELF TO RISE ABOVE YOUR SHAME...YOUR SHAME....YOUR SHAME... APPOLOGIZE QUICKLY WHILE YOUR SHAME IS STILL FRESH.

I worshiped Jeff Ireland before reading this. Now I am in complete awe.

JS, generally, yes, I would have called Ireland a genius for seeing Wilson as a star.

I'm just talking about that specific time for this specific team. We were due. We tried everything else (later round draft pick, FA's).

Also, if you believe in probabilities, the best chance to get a true star at QB is the 1st round. Both Mannings, Rodgers, Rothlisberger, Luck, RG3, Flacco, I mean you can put Brees in there (1st pick in the 2nd). The trend is the team's who win SBs do so with a 1st-rd talent. There will always be exceptions.

My point is you don't wait 30 years to take a shot. We WASTED years off all our lives by trying everything else.

Hey LOL,

'Who cares'....

Nobody gives a SH*T about your family either, so spare us the soap opera, OK.

'Who cares'......IGNORAMUS!

Charles Manson had a family and he loved children....does that make him a good person????

Run Ricky Run!!

Oh look, tyhe classless a*hole is here to join Aloco.

Better known as Dumber & Dumberer

LOL

Apparently it's OK for you to say 'nobody gives a rats a** about Ireland's family'. Let me also add d8ckwad, NOBODY gives a rat's a** about you and your family either, OK?

You reap what you sow....LOSER!

Craig M,

Who cares? you do! You can't leave it alone! I OWN YOU HERE!!!!!!!!!!!

Your inability to let it go & ignore me is PROOF POSITIVE!

You follow me around like a lost puppy!

You're crush on me is cute but, I'm not interested.

Unless of course you say something dumb. Since you like countdowns, here's 1

Countdown to Craig M posting something dumb in 3..2..1..LOL

I have never attacked Ireland 'the man'. His personal life doesn't concern me/none of my business (after all, it's PERSONAL).

I take issue with Ireland 'the GM'. He isn't being paid/hired to be a good man, devoted husband and loving father. He was hired to bring in the right players to make the Miami Dolphins a Super Bowl contender. He has missed on more decisions than he has gotten right and THAT is why I want him gone.

Yeah you got it pal....


NOBODY gives a sh*t above you. Ramble on all you want....we couldn't care less!


Apparently it's OK for you to say 'nobody gives a rats a** about Ireland's family'. Let me also add d8ckwad, NOBODY gives a rat's a** about you and your family either, OK?

You reap what you sow....LOSER!

Posted by: Craig M | January 30, 2013 at 02:18 PM

You act like a bitter, fat old angry elf.

Get over it sonny. I own you on this blog. No need to try to make a scene to compensate. Drop the Napolean complex! You only embarass yourself further.

And they care about you? Fat old elf!

Tell me, how is Santa's spririts during the offseason?

MORON! LMAO

Actually Charles Manson still has his family and he adores children...still does not make him a good person. I bet he would make a better GM and make better draft choices.

Run Ricky Run!

LOL,

I'm leaving the blog now, 'cause I got better things to do that throw jabs at you.

I just wanted to make it clear, NOBODY gives a sh*t about your OR your family. Why? Because you're an a**hole. I know this won't be news to you. I'm sure you're very accustomed to hear this.

'We reap what we sow'.....'who cares'.....IGNORAMUS!

Ciao

MY HEART GOES OUT TO JEFF AND HIS FAMILY AND I WANT TO APOLOGIZE IF MY COMMENTS HAVE BEEN PERSONAL. HOWEVER BASED ON HIS PERFORMANCE AS A GM I WILL STILL BE VERY CRITICAL OF HIS PERFORMANCE UNTIL HIS PERFORMANCE IMPROVES, WHICH I AM ROOTING FOR HIM TO DO WELL. NEVER AGAIN WILL I ALLOW MYSELF TO GET SO CAUGHT UP IN THE DOLPHINS NOT PERFORMING WELL TO THE POINT THAT I BLAME EVERYTHING ON IRELAND AGAIN. YES WE NEED PLAYMAKERS,WE WANT TO WIN AND MAKE THE PLAYOFFS BUT IRELAND DOES NOT PLAY ON THE FIELD AND ULTIMATELY IT COMES DOWN TO PLAYERS WHO ARE ON THE 53MAN ROSTER DOING THERE DAMN JOB. SO AFTER THE DRAFT,AFTER FA,AFTER PRESEASON IS ALL OVER AND IRELAND HAS DONE ALL HE CAN THEN ALL MY COMMENTS AND ANGER WILL BE DIRECTED WHERE IT REALLY BELONGS,WITH THE PLAYERS. LET'S PRAY IRELAND PRODUCES WELL AND THE TEAM RETURNS TO PLAYOFFS AND CONTENDERS THEN WE ALL CAN STF UP.

"we couldn't care less"

Posted by Craig Moron

Tell me Moron, who's "we"?

You & Aloco? Even he abadoned his fight!

LMAO You pathetic waste of blog space!

Anyone remembers 1978 when Shula selected Guy Benjamin 1st rd qb? I say 1st rd because we didnt have a 1st rd pick that year, only a 2nd rd.

In two short seasons(1980) David Woodley was drafted 8th rd and beat Guy Benjamin(2nd rd) out for the starting qb position. So like Henne and White, Guy Benjamin was a 2nd rd bust at qb too.

Then in 1983, Marino would send Woodley packing. LOL...

Tell us some more SAD stories about your family so we can weep for you LOL.....ya piece of sh8t!

You get in life what you deserve....no big surprise on your circumstances.....CLOWN!

Craig,

Thanks for leaving. "we" appreciate everytime an as*hole leaves

LOL

Craig Moron,

Man of his word. He was leaving, yet, HERE HE STILL IS

LOLOLOL

As for LOL's kid, don't feel sorry for the disability, feel sorry for who he has as a Father. Maybe it's learned behaviour. I sure see a lot of 'babbling' from LOL coming on this blog.

Coincidence?.....

Craig, you are a low life. Look at the things you resort to on a BLOG! LOL Your lifeblood! Where you find a place to act important! LOL

My sad story? I'm proud of my kids & my wife & my family. Who said sad?

You ASSume all the time big mouth.

But, you should know, my speech delayed son is already smarter than you & he's only 3. At least he can't make an a8s of himself yet like you do with every post LOL

A class individual saying someone deserves stuff like that is all that needs to be said about you. You are the epitomy of a piece of sh*t.

I could sit here & say stuff about your ugly wife & your retarded kids but, I take the high road.

Classless doucher. But, hey, we all knew that LOL

Craig, continue to expose yourself. It's not like everyone didn't know you were an as*hole, today is proof positive.

Also, you said you were leaving. You can't avoid me can you!

You got a crush on me! LMAO LMAO LMAO

Your posts are hollow BUD. You can't keep your word.

LEAVE LIKE YOU PROMISED! LOL

It's quite obvious that LOL is the Banned Odindouche.
It's that simple really.

Btw, Craig, was it your father who installed honesty & integrity in you?

What a failure he was!

See, my dad always told me, mean what you say & say what you mean.

Take a lesson dopus. When you say you are leaving, OWN UP TO IT & DO IT.

Don't sit behind your screen & troll, lie & pretend like you're leaving. I know your ego won't prevent you from walking away from a beatdown but, BE A MAN FOR ONCE IN YOUR PATHETIC LIFE!

MAKE YOU PAPA PROUD!


It's quite obvious that LOL is the Banned Odindouche.
It's that simple really.

Posted by: The truth.Com | January 30, 2013 at 02:33 PM

if he was banned how could he be here? IDIOT!

creating fake names to try to knock your nemesis is the act of a coward, craig.

LOL,

I'm leaving now....

You can tell the world how you 'pummeled' me again.....cause THAT'S thew world you live in!

You're hilarious to try and get on your soapox and preach to people. 'Honesty and integrity'? You wouldn't even know how to SPELL the words.

See ya loser....

LOL, Ahhh I mean Odindouch, It's called using a diffirent computer and a change of name, But I'am sure you alredy know this.

And Truth Hurts (whoever the f8ck you are),

I've never used another name on here to post....EVER.

Go and ask Armando, if you doubt me. MUCH more likely some dude names 'Truth Hurts', is a multi-name user. But tell yourself what ever you need to sleep at night, OK pal.

Craig M stands for MORON


You get in life what you deserve....no big surprise on your circumstances.....CLOWN!


As for LOL's kid, don't feel sorry for the disability, feel sorry for who he has as a Father. Maybe it's learned behaviour. I sure see a lot of 'babbling' from LOL coming on this blog.

Posted by: Craig M | January 30, 2013 at 02:24 PM

Wow....

You are one low class individual.



LOL,

I'm leaving now....

You can tell the world how you 'pummeled' me again.....cause THAT'S thew world you live in!

You're hilarious to try and get on your soapox and preach to people. 'Honesty and integrity'? You wouldn't even know how to SPELL the words.

See ya loser....

Posted by: Craig M | January 30, 2013 at 02:39 PM

1. Dont make promises you can't keep big mouth.

2. You should stay & pick on my son a little more. Tell me how sad he is. That's what classy people do.

3. I already spelled honesty & integrity you dipstick!

LOL

You are 1 pathetic individual & your actions today show how low you go to try to look cool.

Pummeling & embarassing you on this blog everyday is too easy. And stop acting as if I'm the only one. There are PLENTY here who mock you including Armando Slaguero!

Before you call someone a loser look in your mirror!

Pat White was nice to his family. So?

Odindouch,Till us about your "HOTTIES"..

You get in life what you deserve....no big surprise on your circumstances.....CLOWN!

As for LOL's kid, don't feel sorry for the disability, feel sorry for who he has as a Father. Maybe it's learned behaviour. I sure see a lot of 'babbling' from LOL coming on this blog.

Posted by: Craig M | January 30, 2013 at 02:24 PM

Wow....

You are one low class individual.

Posted by: The Signal | January 30, 2013 at 02:42 PM

Are you REALLY Surpised? Honestly! It's Craig M!

He didn't even understand I said a delay, he doesn't even have a disability! LMAO Why do you think I'm not even upset!

I'm glad he showed his tru colors today. As usual, he doesn't even know wtf he is rambling about because he doens't read.

Cam Cameron was nice to his family.....

Posted by: Craig M | January 30, 2013 at 02:24 PM

Wow....

You are one low class individual.

Posted by: The Signal | January 30, 2013 at 02:42 PM

Agreed. His parents must be so proud.

LOL/Odindouche, I think it's time to call Greig your patented word "MONKEY-BOY", Go ahead, I know you want to.Give in to your urges.

LOL, my godson didn't really talk much at about 3 but once he got to school and was around kids all the time - it really helped. I'm not a doctor or speech therapist or anything but maybe when he is integrated with more kids it will help.

.com bubble,

If i was odindoucher, and he's banned, how would I be here?

LMAO You don't need me to tell you how dumb you are, right? I'm pretty sure you already know

LOL

Seemy 2:40 post.

Tony Sparano was nice to his family......

I think that Jeff Ireland is a young GM learning on the job and learning from his mistakes. I feel that he will be a great GM one day in the future.

His personal life should have nothing to do with his performance on the job.

Mark,

Unlike your fellow countryman, thanks for your post. I didn't post it for sympathy or what craig called weaping for me. What a friggin putz! I posted it because I directly relate to Irelands situation & how he shouldn't get a pass because of it.

As for my son, he's fine. Ty. He has verbal & non verbal delays. Does that make him less beautiful? All kids are a gift! He isn't disabled! Craig runs with everything & doesn't read!

The non verbal has come along very well & he is now in preschool 9-1 everyday. Trying to pronounce letters & sounds, etc...

It's coming, just something that's hard for him to do. He'll be fine. His doctors & speech therapist all agreed.

But, according to craig, he deserved that LOL He is like school on Sunday, NO CLASS.

I don't get it at all? The criticism has always been about football and football decisions. Lot's of Fathers are great role models at home and in public but get them behind closed doors at a strip club. Get the picture?

You fans that hate Ireland should realize that he has finally purged the mess that Parcells left him. He has the cap space to get help for this team,and the draft picks also. Is he perfect,no,but he is a lot better than the Tuna. IMO


Seemy 2:40 post.

Posted by: The truth.Com | January 30, 2013 at 02:59 PM

Thanks but, no interest LOL

Ask armando if I'm ODin. Just like I asked Aloco to ask Armando if im YG.

You consiopracy theory kids need to dig your heads out of the sand & get a life!

LOL,

That's great to hear, regarding your son...

Jeff could become a good GM in 20 or 25 years. Like Chad Henne, he needs to develop.

LOL, glad to hear that the prognosis looks good. I'm sure he'll be fine.

People develop at different stages and as long as the pros are optimistic then that's a good thing.

As far as online "wars" or whatever, I'm not going to comment on that stuff and I'm guilty of being a dikkk sometimes but kids, old people, family - that's not cool.

Lance Armstrong was nice to his family....

I agree, Kids and wive's are off limits...

Mothers arent off limits to Irescum.

You directly relate to a man who over night found out two of his children have Autism because your child hasn't talked yet? That solves the debate between you and Craig M., you're both idiots! LMAO

Irescum is an idiot too!

LOL=YG

Good Afternoon guys, Just reading thru some of these posts, And gotta say I am Still laughing over some of them, ANYHOOOOO, Kids,Wives And Mothers OFF LIMITS..
But Mother-In-Laws, All goes....

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