Giants’ Joe Judge says wife Amber Meesey lives ‘like a widow’ during holidays
Joe Judge has made one thing clear: Football first, family second.
The new Giants head coach has been described as an intense, straightforward person, and that mentality doesn’t relent even during the holidays.
“[My wife lives] like a widow,” Judge said to the Boston Globe’s Nora Princiotti recently.
Judge’s diligence and perspicacity draws striking parallels to Jets head coach Adam Gase, who once prioritized a meeting with Peyton Manning over attending the birth of his son Wyatt.
Judge, 38, is married to Amber Meesey, 38, whom he met while attending Mississippi State. Meesey is a Texas native and was an All-SEC soccer player. The pair tied the knot in 2005 and have four children together.
Princiotti did add context to the brief, startling comment.
“It was actually kind of touching because it was honest, but he’s also just a super blunt guy. It’ll be interesting in NY,” Princiotti wrote, explaining that Judge has a “very strong personality.”
In a Mississippi State Alumnus Magazine article from 2016, Judge shed light on just how little his wife and kids see him during the football season.
“There are whole weeks during the season when I don’t see my children awake. They sometimes call our home ‘Mommy’s house’ and the stadium ‘Daddy’s house,’” he said. “Your family goes through the highs and lows with you. They feel the wins and losses just like you do. The key is to make sure they know they’re a part of it.”
Judge most recently served as the Patriots’ wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator under Bill Belichick. He was a member of three Super Bowl teams with New England. He previously served as a special teams assistant under Nick Saban at Alabama and won two national championships.
The jump from assistant coach to head coach will inevitably be difficult. At the very least, it sounds like he has the work ethic and attitude to take on the challenge.
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