Blough Melissa Gonzalezs wife watches compete at Olympics
Detroit Lions quarterback David Blough watched the heat in the 400m women’s hurdles Friday evening at the Tokyo Olympics to such an extent that he didn’t recognise his company.
The laser focus of Blough was understandable.
His wife, Melissa Gonzalez, was his main athlete. She placed second in her heat and had her fastest 55.35 seconds to the semifinals Monday morning (Detroit time).
In the enormous auditorium at the Lions’ Allen Park Headquarters, Blough observed Melissa’s heat used for meetings with the entire team and coaching staff.
Only a few teammates and a video employee were in the team room as the heat began. Unknown to Blough, CEO Dan Campbell warned the team and staff that Melissa is going to run the event.
Blough was determined to witness the race. With “Go Mel” screams, he encouraged his wife and didn’t realise how much he had.
He recognised that, as Melissa crossed the finish line second, he gave two large fist pumps and secured a berth in the semifinals that automatically reaches the first four finishers in each of the five heats.
The second fist pump was accomplished with such strength that he turned around and confronted his cheering colleagues and coaches who crowded Blough’s room with no detection.
When Melissa reached the finish line, the room burst with joy.
“It was a remarkable individual,” stated Campbell. “It’s been really good. It was quite cool to watch her race.”
The emotion from Bough remained unfiltered.
“These are my raw emotions, whether it’s the first Olympic round or at Tyler Community College in Texas,” said Blough following training camp practise on Saturday. “I’m turning around and watching them. It made us feel like we are. That’s all about it.
“This is a family to which we try to build. It’s been quite special.”
On the Colombian team, Melissa is competing. Her dad, Hector, had been born in Colombia. She is a citizen of the United States having dual citizenship. Based on her position in the world ranking, she qualified for the Olympics.
David and Melissa both grew up and had a long connection in Texas. David played Purdue quarterback and joined Cleveland’s NFL in 2019 as a free agent. After 2019, he was sold to the Lions and started five Lions games after end-of-season injuries by starter Matthew Stafford and Jeff Driskel.
Blough and Tim Boyle compete with Jared Goff for the backup spot.
Melissa’s usual rest and training program is underway to prepare for the semi-finals, said Blough. In Tokyo and Detroit, there is a difference of 11 hours. She also enjoys the experience of meeting sportspeople from other countries.
“She’s napping and will hopefully go to bed to start at 8:30 p.m. in Tokyo on Monday,” said Blough. “She gets to get in line and do it again.”
Qualifying for the Olympics and going through to the semi-finals enhances the position of Melissa on the world track and field scene.
“As a little girl who grew up looking for and dreaming of the Olympics, it’s a bit of the sky,” says Blough. “Whenever it falls (in a race), it surely opens doors. She has been working really hard to achieve where she is. It is the world class. It is world class. She is.” She is.
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