Murray State defensive lineman Bishop Woods went to practice on Tuesday thinking it was just another day; he left a married man, thanks to one of his coaches.
After finding out that offensive line coach Brian Hamilton was an ordained minister, Woods called his fiancée Caitlin Myers and told her to come to the field. The couple, who welcomed their first child four months ago, was married on the 50-yard line at Roy Stewart Stadium after practice, Woods still in his pads and another member of the Racers’ coaching staff holding an umbrella over Myers’ head:
Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Woods! pic.twitter.com/bQCMT7fwgM
— MurrayStateFootball (@racersfootball) September 13, 2017
Hamilton put his own spin on the ceremony, asking Woods if he promised to protect Myers from all of life’s terrors, including “spiders and all other insects, including ones that fly,” and through health and sickness, “even if that sickness is caused by mimosas or margaritas.” He asked Myers to promise to have a solid answer as to what she wants to eat “at least 50% of the time.” With little notice, the offensive line coach absolutely killed it. Both bride and groom were in tears by the end of the ceremony.
Both Woods and Hamilton told ESPN that the impromptu ceremony was perfect.
“We kind of made it up on the fly,” Woods said. “Coach Ham is one of my favorite coaches. He’s been teaching me a lot of about fatherhood and other things.”
“Life of being a college football coach,” Hamilton said. “You get to be a part of kids’ lives. It was fantastic for me to share that with them.”
Just awesome. Congrats, guys.