Barry Cofield's wife, Kendra, caught up with WOW to talk about their foundation, relocating to Washington and more!
03.08.2012 / Blog Posts Redskins WOW Interview Series
Kendra had the biggest crush on Barry in middle school.
And while it may not have been self-confessed love at first sight for the Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield and his wife, Kendra, the two began dating in high school and got married during Cofield's rookie season with the New York Giants.
After spending the past five years in New York, the Cofields relocated to Washington, DC after Barry was signed by the Redskins, following the 2011 lockout. Cofield had a breakout season with the team at nose tackle, a position that is often considered the toughest to fill in a 3-4 defense.
WOW got the chance to sit down with Kendra Cofield to talk about how the two of them met, their move to Washington, DC and to find out more about the Barry and Kendra Cofield Youth Foundation.
How did you and Barry meet?
Barry and I have known each other since the 6th grade. In middle school, I had the BIGGEST crush on him!
My mom still makes fun of me for how often I used to talk about him. But I was such a tomboy then - not so popular with the adolescent boys. I eventually gave up any hope of him liking me. We were still friends though, and would hang out in a group with our other friends. Then in high school, after I left and transferred to another school, he (finally) started to notice me! And I thought, really, after all this time, I forgot about you!
I remember our first date, we were 16. We went to the movies to see The Cell with Jennifer Lopez. It didn't go so well. Some of his football teammates were there, heckling us throughout the entire movie. Then, during the movie he made a comment about Jennifer Lopez's butt and I thought, "Really? On a first date!?" But for some reason, I eventually agreed to go out with him again, and the rest is history...
We've been together 11 and a half years now, married for 5 of them!
After five years in New York, how has it been relocating to Washington?
With the lockout and all, it was certainly a whirlwind. Normally we would've had the entire offseason to find a place to live and get settled but when the lockout ended, the season started immediately! We really only had a week to find a place to live and move in. But the Washington, D.C. area is amazing and there is so much history! And a lot more trees than in NY! It's really beautiful.
With the move and things being so hectic, I haven't gotten to do much. We're currently expecting (I'm 5 months)!
Also, I'm in the final stages of writing my MSE (Master of Science and Engineering) thesis in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, but hopefully I'll be finished soon! As far as favorite new things, I'm really looking forward to going to the Smithsonian, especially the Air and Space Museum, National Zoo, and Natural History Museum.
We have a son, Barry III, aka "3." He is such a busy body! He's 20 months now, and he loves playing hide and seek. We also play with bubbles, and he loves running around trying to pop all of them before they hit the ground!
Do you have any special gameday rituals?
My son and I always wear our Cofield jerseys! Once I was sick and didn't wear it - we ended up losing the game and I felt a little responsible!
You and Barry just started the Barry and Kendra Cofield Youth Foundation. Tell us a little about it!
We started the Barry and Kendra Cofield Youth Foundation last May, and we could not be more excited! We both feel very strongly and passionately about helping children succeed. Our motto is: helping today's students become tomorrow's leaders. We feel athletics is a great way to help kids become productive citizens and leaders in their community - it's a great way to teach youth about structure, hard work and team work. All of these are skills they'll need to apply in their lives.
We both grew up in Cleveland, OH and we felt it was important to give back in our home town. We bought equipment for a high school football team, and we treated 30 kids to an NFL football camp. We went to college in the Chicago area, so we were excited to donate to Cabrini Connections, which is a tutoring and mentoring program serving 7th through 12th grade students living in Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing.
We are also so excited to be in the Washington D.C. area, and felt it was important to contribute to this community. During the holidays, we donated to 10 DC area food banks and food assistance programs. We look forward to doing even more around the area this year!
What’s your favorite gameday memory?
Definitely has to be opening day of the season! The atmosphere in the stadium was electrifying, it was Barry's first game as a Redskin, and we beat the Giants!
Thanks to Kendra Cofield for sitting down with the Women's Club.
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