FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Jeff Ireland holds one of the most scrutinized jobs in South Florida as general manager of the Miami Dolphins.
Admitting hes in a big offseason for us, Ireland perhaps faces more pressure than at any point during his five years on the job.
But every night he goes home, Ireland embraces another challenge raising 17-year-old autistic twin daughters Haley and Hannah.
It grounds you, because you know theres something bigger than football, Ireland said before leaving for the Senior Bowl. Thats hard for me to say, because I live in a world where nothings been bigger than football my entire life.
But when you have kids, you have a wife, and you have a family, you learn very quickly that that is your passion -- helping them, making sure they are provided for, and making sure they have everything they need.
Most people have heard the term autism, though many cannot sufficiently define it. It is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and af...