How to Use Your Husband’s Love of Football to Strengthen Your Marriage

The Big Game is right around the corner. It is one of the world’s most highly anticipated event of the year. Over 130 million people will be watching, among them 73% being men.

You may be thinking “What’s the big deal? Football is just a game.”

While that is true, games bring out the amusement, drama, comedy and enjoyment in ALL of us. That’s what makes sporting events so entertaining.

A cheerleader posing for the camera.

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a football fan. My sister and I were constantly on the sidelines cheering our brothers on as they played football. My mom would dress us in team gear. You know what I am talking about… the shirts that say “Sister of #44” or something like that with huge hair bows. It was always a fun time for us. And I will let you in on a little secret… in junior high I wanted to try out for the football team, but my oldest brother talked me out of it and told me other ways that I could support my love of the game. This is where my sister and I shined the most; she was a cheerleader and I was on the dance team.

So when the Big Game rolls around, I am giddy and in my element. Even if my NFL team isn’t in the Big Game, I will still watch with anticipation and excitement because I love the game. What makes this time of year even better is that I get to enjoy this moment with my husband. You see, he is a football fan, but he doesn’t have a favorite team. He just loves the sport, which I appreciate.

However, there are some wives who don’t like football or even loathe this time of year when the husband will plop himself in front of the TV for hours at a time. If this is you, then here are some conversation starters to help you celebrate the Big Game with your man.

A husband and wife at a football stadium.

Quiz Your Husband

  • Which team is he pulling for this year and why?
  • What is his favorite team in the National Football Conference {NFC} and the American Football Conference {AFC}?
  • What is his favorite childhood football memory {maybe he played in high school or enjoyed a game with his dad when he was younger}?

Be sure to listen to him. These will help you to relate to him and will bring a fresh sense of intimacy to your marriage.

Day of the Big Game

Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 3, 2019, the day of the Big Game. You may be asking yourself “what can I do?” Here are a few pointers that will get your day off to a winning start.

  • Wear the colors of the team your husband loves.
  • Prepare a special snack. One of my favorites is a seven layer dip with some tortilla chips.
  • Sit near your husband on the couch and enjoy watching the Big Game with him, even if you cannot stand sports. It’s only for a few hours.

The Big Game is always historic for one reason or another. Try not to become frustrated with your husband’s enjoyment of sports. Instead, allow his enthusiasm to work for you. Join your husband’s team and cheer them on. Don’t be against him. Without question, there is nothing more important to your husband than you.

When it’s all said and done, the Sunday of the Big Game will come and go, just like every other day of the year. What will make the difference this year is that you will have taken the opportunity to place yourself in the center of your husband’s world, showing him how much you really care.


Pin this post and be sure to follow Houston Moms Blog on Pinterest!

How to Use Your Husband's Love of Football to Strengthen Your Marriage. A photograph of a husband and wife at a football stadium. Logo: Houston moms blog.

Previous articleLet’s Talk about Sex {While Pregnant}, Baby!
Next articlePro Tips :: How to Organize the Playroom
Angelica, also lovingly referred to as Angel, is a wife to her high school sweetheart, Oscar, and the young couple finally tied the knot in June of 2004. After struggling with infertility for seven years, they welcomed their first child, Gideon {January 2012}, and in three short years they welcomed Annabelle {2013}, Deacon {2014} and Jubilee {2015}. In the summer of 2016, Angel’s oldest child was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which she continues to educate herself about by reading books, listening to podcasts and attending local classes and training events. When Angel isn’t busy tackling home duties and juggling her children’s activities, she enjoys taking self-defense classes at Krav Maga Houston, which she has been attending since moving to Houston in November 2016. She also loves coffee, reading, and meeting new people. Angel strives to live out 1 John 3:16 daily and loves talking and teaching others about what that means.


  1. I disagree with one point here…it’s ok to go ahead and root for the opposing team sometimes, if you want. Chances are if he’s a football fan, he enjoys an element of competition! We always have fun poking at each other when we are rooting against the other’s team.

  2. Hi Bridgett,
    Thank you for your comment. I agree with you also. A little competition never hurt anyone. 😉 I am a hardcore football fanatic, but for the spouses who aren’t, cheering for their spouse’s favorite team is a great place to start.

  3. What a shitpost. I can’t believe someone would actually try to learn how to ‘cheer’ for someone watching sports. Whats next, cheer for him brushing his teeth or being able to microwave a slice of pizza? Cringe

  4. This kind of comes off like a submissive wife article-stand by your man even if he is doing something you loathe? I absolutely abhor football. Is it appropriate for me to sit through something I hate more and more every day? I hate that it is on almost every day. I hate the idolization. I hate that it exploits the health and well-being of its players. I hate that it is so violent and loud. I hate that so many Americans prioritize football over so many more important things, such as education and health care. I hate that it takes basically FOUR HOURS for it to be over. That being said, he is a big boy. If he’d rather watch football than do anything else, he can, but I am certainly not going to sit with him while he does, nor will I encourage him. I wouldn’t expect him to sit next to me and force himself to watch something he hates. Life is too short. No thanks.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here