Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a middling player with a sizzling wife. The Dolphins drafted the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Tannehill out of Texas A&M University with the eighth overall pick in 2012. Mike Mayock is an analyst for the NFL Network. Mayock was uncertain about Tannehill’s decision-making skills coming out of College Station and he felt that Miami’s executives were guilty of overrating the former Aggie.
“I have him rated as the 19th best player in the draft, which tells you I don’t think he’s ready to be a heavy contributor this year,” said Mayock.
“I watched every throw he made on tape this year. All the out-breaking routes are phenomenal. Where he gets in trouble are the in-breaking routes where he stares the receiver down, pats the ball and throws interceptions.”
Much to Mayock’s surprise, Tannehill started the Dolphins’ 30-10 season-opening loss versus the Houston Texans on September 9, 2012. Since that defeat more than five years ago, Tannehill has completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 106 touchdowns and 18,455 yards in 77 games as a Dolphin. Nonetheless, despite compiling decent statistics, Tannehill has only managed to lead Miami to the playoffs on one occasion. The Dolphins entered training camp as preseason favorites to clinch consecutive playoff berths for the first time since Dan Marino’s retirement.
Regrettably, Tannehill suffered a torn ACL during practice on August 3 and was placed on injured reserve a week later. Although disappointing from a professional standpoint, the forthcoming photos of Tannehill’s spouse, Lauren, show that the signal-caller is probably enjoying life away from the gridiron.
15. LAUREN’S BACKGROUND
Lauren Tannehill was born to John and Nancy Ufer in Atlanta on July 28, 1988. Tannehill enjoyed an upper-middle-class upbringing with her two younger brothers, Jordan and Dillon Ufer. During Lauren’s adolescence, her family relocated from Hotlanta to College Station, Texas. Rather than leave her hometown to matriculate elsewhere, Tannehill studied communication at Texas A&M University and graduated in May 2010. Ironically, despite attending the same school and church, Lauren and Ryan were strangers until they met by chance in 2009 at a spring break gathering in Panama City, Florida.
“Yeah, I mean, he’s cute. And tall,” said Lauren. “I told my mom, this is too good to be true.”
14. LAUREN IS A SOCIAL MEDIA STAR
Lauren was an everyday woman until the Dolphins drafted Ryan in April 2012. Subsequently, almost overnight, the aspiring model gained a mammoth social media presence and countless fans.
“It’s crazy,” she said, laughing. “I’m not that interesting. I want (Ryan) to have the same, normal me.”
The green-eyed blonde bombshell particularly attracted the attention of wishful guys who sent her racy messages, meeting requests and even marriage proposals. Somewhat amazingly, Ryan isn’t fazed by his wife’s notoriety or fleet of suitors.
“He gets a total kick out of it,” Lauren said. “He’s a confident guy. It never bothers him. He has fun with it. As his wife, I wanted him to take it in stride.”
13. LAUREN HAS BECOME A HUGE FOOTBALL FAN
Prior to marrying Ryan, Lauren wasn’t exactly a knowledgeable football observer. However, to learn the game, Ryan allowed Lauren to analyze game film with him.
“A lot of people from Texas know football,” said Lauren. “When you know what you’re watching, it helps you appreciate what you’re seeing. You enjoy it more.”
When Ryan was a rookie in training camp, former Dolphins coach Joe Philbin announced that he intended to start David Garrard. Furthermore, Philbin told Ryan that he was going to compete with Matt Moore to backup Garrard. Lauren encouraged Ryan and he proceeded to outplay Garrard and Moore to become the Dolphins’ leader under center.
“I told Ryan to look at it as a blessing. Learn from it, take it as a chance to learn from David and Matt because they all get along so well,” said Lauren.
12. ONLY She Can Sit There
Ryan Tannehill was the first quarterback drafted by the Dolphins in the first round since the franchise chose Dan Marino 27th overall in 1983. Tannehill started all 16 games in 2012 and established a number of records for a Dolphins rookie signal-caller. Coaches, players and Lauren were all impressed with Ryan’s performance from the outset and praised his calmness in the huddle.
Former Dolphins coach Joe Philbin remarked that Tannehill “doesn’t seem to be in awe or surprised too much.” Lauren agreed with Philbin and claimed that she’s the one who is rattled by opening kickoff.
“He doesn’t get riled up,” said Lauren.
“He takes it game by game. I’m the one who’s jumping around the living room. I’m the one saying, ‘We need to win them all.’”
11. LAUREN WAS A DOLPHINS STAR ON HBO’S ‘HARD KNOCKS’
The Fins were featured on HBO’s acclaimed series “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins” in August 2012. With the help of Lauren’s presence, the reality sports documentary was a hit and garnered incredible ratings.
“This was a tremendous series for HBO and our viewers responded,” an HBO spokesman wrote in an email. “Lauren was in every episode.”
Lauren, who received reality TV opportunities after “Hard Knocks” aired, was thrilled with HBO’s overall production.
“I actually didn’t have any idea what to expect; I like to keep our life kind of private,” she said.
“But I thought the show accurately portrayed (us). They can make you look any way they want to on TV. I didn’t know what they were going to make of me. I thought they really did a good job.”
10. LAUREN WAS A STUNNING BRIDE
Unsurprisingly, as seen in the photo above, Lauren was an exceptionally gorgeous bride. As previously noted, the Tannehills exchanged vows in Mexico on January 13, 2012. Four months later, during an introductory press conference with South Florida’s media, a reporter asked a 23-year-old Ryan why he married at such a young age. Ryan smiled, gestured toward Lauren and said, “Can you blame me? … I found the woman I love. I’m set.”
Beyond their shared religious beliefs, Ryan and Lauren also enjoy exercising, dining out, watching movies and strolling around parks together. Ryan says he is particularly fond of Lauren’s sense of humor.
“She is one of the funniest people I know,” Ryan says. “There is rarely a dull moment around her.”
9. LAUREN IS A DEVOTED PHILANTHROPIST
Besides being a beautiful woman, Lauren is a generous and caring woman who is dedicated to an array of philanthropic efforts. Ryan is proud of his wife and especially inspired by her devotion to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“I have always known she had the potential to make an impact on a community,” he says, “but over the past couple of years, I have really seen her make a huge impact. It is not always a large production or headline event, but her care and the way she connects with people on a day-to-day basis is rare in the world today.”
Upon becoming a Dolphin, Ryan was worried about uprooting Lauren’s life and moving her to a city where she didn’t have companions. Lauren assured Ryan that she easily makes friends and wanted to focus on charitable causes while residing in the Sunshine State.
“I told him, ‘I’ll be fine. I will make friends. I can talk to a wall. I’ve moved lots of times,’” Lauren said.
8. DEION SANDERS WONDERED IF LAUREN WAS TIPPED OFF BY THE DOLPHINS
The Miami Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill out of Texas A&M University with the eighth overall pick in 2012. Curiously, as Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders keenly observed, Lauren wore Dolphins orange the day that Ryan was drafted.
“I saw your girl in an orange dress, dude. Did you know something?” Sanders asked while working as a commentator.
“No, I really had no clue,” Ryan said. “She just loved the color of that dress, but it worked out perfectly.”
Lauren, who participates in all types of aquatic activities, was ecstatic that she and Ryan were relocating to South Beach.
“I feel so lucky to live here. Every day I wake up, I’m like, OK, this is like living a vacation,” she says.
7. LAUREN THINKS THE NFL’S LIFESTYLE HELPS HER MARRIAGE
Football is Ryan’s primary focus from the time that training camp starts in July until the season ends in January. Still, Lauren contends that Ryan’s extended work hours and traveling strengthen their union.
“When we see each other during the season, it’s just really fun because we have such little time, and I’m so excited to see him,” said Lauren.
“And during the off-season, we get to be best friends again. I think [that time together] is more meaningful than if we saw each other all the time.”
While Lauren has become a relatively perceptive onlooker, she constantly worries about Ryan’s well-being on the gridiron.
Lauren appears to be looking after a dog in this picture and she seems to be attentive to the dog. Unfortunately, she wasn’t attentive with one of her firearms.
Lauren accidentally left her legally owned AR-15 rifle in the back of a rental car she returned to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in January 2014. Lauren quickly contacted the company and reported the incident. However, by the time Lauren called, a 58-year-old woman named Judith Fleissig was using the car.
“We got out of the car, we were kind of freaked out,” Fleissig recalls of the moment when she and her daughter found the weapon. “I didn’t want to touch it.”
Fleissig subsequently phoned the authorities and reported her finding.
“This is certainly the kind of item you don’t want to forget anywhere, but forgetting isn’t a crime,” Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said.
5. LAUREN LOVES FISHING
During a deep-sea fishing trip in May 2013, Lauren outdid Ryan and a few of his teammates and caught an 18.8-pound tuna. Ryan wasn’t jealous of his wife’s feat and he happily shared the news about her catch on social media.
Lauren finished the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament as one of its top individual anglers. Shortly after her successful outing, Lauren professed her love for South Florida.
“Who wants to leave Florida? We love the water and the South Florida lifestyle. We really enjoy being here,” said Lauren.
Beyond recreational activities, Lauren still has an array of goals she wants to accomplish in the city.
“I want to make a difference in the community and in our program [Tannehill’s A.C.E.S],” she says. “I want to see those kids go to college and graduate. I want to see positive differences in the community – things you can actually see that were a result of our efforts.”
4. LAUREN LOVES THE BEACH
As a somewhat successful model, Miami is a great area for Lauren to reside. Hence, Lauren always wanted the Dolphins to draft Ryan.
“I was secretly crossing my fingers,” says Lauren.
“I love Florida. I love the weather, and it gives me the opportunity here with modeling, too.”
Considering that Lauren and Ryan met in Panama City, Florida, it seems fateful that the power couple are now Miamians. Lauren’s found that the Sunshine State consists of friendly individuals and she’s certain that her outgoing personality will intrigue locals.
3. LAUREN HAD NO CLUE THAT RYAN PLAYED FOOTBALL
When Lauren and Ryan met in 2009, she was struck by his handsomeness. However, until Lauren played football with Ryan and some of their mutual friends, she had no clue that he was Texas A&M’s backup quarterback.
“I didn’t know for a good couple of days until they were all playing football in the yard and I was like ‘you’re really good,’” Lauren said. “And that’s when I kind of put that together.”
Jerrod Johnson won the starting role over Ryan for a second consecutive summer in 2010. Nevertheless, in that season’s seventh game, Ryan permanently supplanted Johnson under center.
“I never gave up on the goal (of starting),” said Tannehill. “It was frustrating at times, not being in the position that you wanted to play, but at the time it was better for the team.”
2. LAUREN WAS USED TO RYAN BEING IN THE SPOTLIGHT
When Miami chose Ryan with the eighth overall pick in 2012, many Dolphins fans predicted that the team landed a franchise signal-caller for the first time in three decades. Amusingly, although Fins aficionados were giddy with Ryan’s pick, the media almost exclusively concentrated on Lauren. The sweltering Texan was flabbergasted by all of the unexpected attention that she received during the draft.
“It was crazy, it was nice to have people be complimentary of you and I’m very used to that being all about Ryan and I’m used to that. It’s good,” said Lauren.
“I’m good with that. I was surprised, I was like ‘oh my gosh.’ It was fun.”
Although Ryan has mainly produced as a Dolphin, Lauren is arguably more recognized around Miami. She instantly made a good impression on Fins fans when she happened to be wearing this orange dress at the draft, matching the Dolphins’ color scheme.
1. LAUREN AND RYAN HAD A BOY
Lauren and Ryan had a baby boy on July 25, 2016. News of Lauren’s pregnancy initially emerged when she posted the above picture on her Instagram feed.
“I’m not pregnant, just one too many cheeseburgers #AprilFools #MyHump #LittleManOnTheWay @rtannehill17 #BabyDaddy,” Lauren captioned the shot.
Prior to officially announcing that she was bearing a child, one of Lauren’s friends gushed about her to Josie Lambiet of the Miami Herald.
“She looks beautiful, and obviously pregnant,” said the friend, who asked not to be identified. “She’s about 4 1/2 months along.”
Lauren, Ryan and their son live in a 5,481-square-foot home in the Colee Hammock neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. The Tannehills reportedly purchased their mansion for $4.3 million in March 2016.
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