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WINTER-SPRING 2017

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W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 3 5 L O V E B I R D S J ordan, 13A, and Nick were both student athletes during their time at UofL. She played softball; he played soccer. But it took mutual friends to get them together. "My best friend had a big thing for Nick's roommate," Jordan recalled. "She'd force me to go over there with her, so Nick and I ended up hanging out a lot. From there, it just happened." The couple agreed that learning to support each other as UofL athletes has made their fi rst few years of marriage enjoy- able. Their advice to current students is to soak in every second and stay open to new experiences. "There's no better place to meet than in college, when you're fi nding yourself," Jordan said. They now live near Washing- ton, D.C., where Nick plays professional soccer for D.C. United and Jordan stays home with their fi ve-month-old daughter, Marlee. Verlisa & Ted Washington Married in 1992 "One of the best gifts we g ot f rom the school was each o ther." O L O L L O L O L O L O O O L O L O L O L O L O L O L O L O O L O O L O L O L O L O L O L O L O O L O L O O L O L O L O L O O O L O L O L L O L L O L O O O L O L O L O L O L O O O L L O L L O O L O L L O L O L O O O O O L L O O L L O L O L O O L O O O O O L L L O L O L O L O L O O O L O L O O L L L L O L L L L O O L L L O L O L O O O O L O L L L L O O O L O O L L O O O L O L L O O O L L O O O O O L L O O O L L L O L L O O O L L O L L L O L L L V E E E V E V E V E V E V E V E E E E V V E V E V E V E E E V V E V E V E E V E E V E E E V E V V E V E V E V E V V V E V E V V V E V E V E V E E E E V E V E V V E V V E V E V E E E E V E V E V E V V E V E V E V V V E V E E E E V V E V E E E E V V V V V V V E E E V E V E V E V V V V E E E E V V E E V E E V E E V E E V E E E E E V E E V E E E V E E V E E E E E E E E E E V E E E V E E V E E V E E V E E V E V E E V V E E E E V E V V E V E B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B I I I R R I R R R I R R R I R I I R R I R R R R R R R R R I R I R R R R I R R R R R I R R R R R R I I R R R R R R R R R I R R R R I R R R R R R R R I R R R R R R R I R R R R R R R I I R R R R R R I R R I R R R R I I R R I R R R R I R R R R R I R R D S D S D S D S D S D S D S D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D Jordan & Nick DeLeon Married in 2013 W hen Verlisa, 91A, set foot in The Red Barn during her freshman orientation, she didn't know it would be the night she'd meet her future husband. After all, she was there as a Woodford Porter Scholar, and she was ready to take on college. But that night, she met Ted, a UofL football player who noticed Verlisa from across the room. "He had these amazing eyes," she remembers. "Oh hush," said Ted. It wasn't until a couple weeks after Verlisa's orientation that they bumped into each other again. "I was checking into Miller Hall. I was on the scholars' fl oor, and I ran into him while I was getting situated. From then on we started dating." As the couple continued their relationship through college, Ted's football career started to take off. He was a fi rst-round pick in the 1991 NFL Draft, a professional league milestone that would prove to be the fi rst of many. He is a Superbowl Champion. He has won several bowl titles. He has even been awarded the Ed Block Courage Award, which is presented to NFL players who are models of inspiration, sports- manship and courage. And while Ted's 17-year NFL career created many exciting moments for the duo and their fi ve children, Verlisa admits that, like most married couples, they've faced adversity. "We've dealt with ups and downs that most couples deal with. But it's been interesting because we have the foundation we built at UofL," she said. "We built a bond there. We built a friendship, and we've always had that to fall back on." Now, the couple is getting ready to downsize as their youngest child prepares to move away to college. They're also considering moving back to Louisville, as Ted is creating a Louisville-based charity mission to provide homeless veterans with housing. They're thankful that fate brought them together that night at The Red Barn. "One of the best gifts we got from the school was each other," Verlisa said. W

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