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Ryan Fitzpatrick wife: Star to power Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory – here’s his partner

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback faces Pittsburgh Steelers in a heavyweight clash in Florida.

Bearded veteran Fitzpatrick, 35, has been a back-up in his position for years but is finally showing his worth with the Buccaneers winning their first two games of the season.

He is married to Liza Barber who he met while attending famous university Havard.

Barber, who grew up in Iowa, was a standout football player through all four years of her college career.

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HOTSHOT: Ryan FItzpatrick pictured with his wife Liza Barber
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She was a captain and defender during her senior season in 2004.

When they graduated in 2005 and Fitzpatrick was in his first season as an NFL player, the star popped the question – in McDonald’s.

He had used their joint bank account and was forced to move the proposal forward when the card was declined when Barber tried to make a purchase in Gap.

Fitzpatrick told Los Angeles Times: “I knew she was going to notice the amount of money that was missing.

“It’s important for me not to take it off”

Ryan Fitzpatrick

“So I was like, ‘Oh, man.’ I had to figure out from the Gap to my house how I was going to propose to her. Luckily, the ring was in the car.

“We drove by all these fancy places. I asked her if she wanted to grab some dinner and sit by the lake. 

“It was November, and she was like ‘Why would I do that? It’s freezing outside!’ All she wanted was McDonald’s. My relationship with my wife, and knowing her, it was just the perfect setting.

“She ordered probably a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets and had sweet-and-sour sauce on her face.”

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FAMILY: Fitzpatrick and Barber have six children and one on the way
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Fitzpatrick famously always wears his wedding ring – even during American football matches.

He told New York Times: “I haven’t seen a reason to take it off, I guess.

“It stands for something. It’s not like I’m trying to throw a message in anybody’s face.

“It’s just a personal thing between me and my wife. It’s important for me not to take it off.”

They have a huge family with six kids, Brady, Maizy, Zoey, Tate, Lucy and Ruby, and another on the way.

And they are always on his mind, even after matches – he face-timed his wife and six kids after Tampa Bay’s opening win over New Orleans Saints.

Fitzpatrick told NBC Sports: “We really didn’t have to say much, and I couldn’t say much.

“I was overcome with emotion.”

The couple are now expecting their seventh child in January 2019.

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GLAM: Fitzpatrick and Barber attend flash events
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In an interview with New York Post, the star revealed how much joy the kids give him, especially around Christmas.

He said: “Each time I have another kid, it becomes that much merrier and more fulfilling.”

Talking before Christmas 2015, Fitzpatrick added: “It’s gonna be complete chaos.

“We’re gonna keep them in the room till seven. 

“They’ll probably be up and ready to go before that, but we’re gonna make sure we don’t wake up before seven. 

“It is a long morning of gifts and… danishes, lots of food and chaos.”

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