For Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor’s Wife, The NFL Is A Family Business

The head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals is leading them to the Super Bowl. Zac Taylor. His wife Sarah Sherman is along for the ride, but this isn’t her first rodeo. Sherman sees professional football as a family business. 

Sherman’s father is Mike Sherman, who’s coached both college and professional football teams. He served as head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 2000 to 2005 and was the head coach at Texas A&M University from 2008 to 2011. 

Those aren’t the only teams he’s coached; his resume includes stints on the coaching staffs of the Seattle Seahawks, the Houston Texans, the Miami Dolphins, and most recently, the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. 

How did she meet Taylor?

In 2005, Sarah Sherman and Zac Tyler met at the University of Nebraska. Sherman was pursuing a master’s degree in marketing and journalism and working as an assistant in the university’s sports information department. Taylor was the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ starting quarterback. 

“I remember the first time I saw her,” Taylor remembered. “We were practicing on our soccer field at Nebraska. A girl wearing a yellow dress was seen at practice. She looked so much older than I expected, I assumed she was 30 years old. I’m only 22. I realized that we were almost the same age over the next year. I would run into her more often and I realized maybe I had a chance.”

They began dating and have been together since then. “Within the first month of dating, I thought without a doubt that I could be with Sarah for the rest of my life,” Taylor said. They were married in 2008 and, surprise!, football was a big part of their wedding. 

“We had a guest list that included half the Houston Texans staff,” Sarah shared. “Our officiating priest was the team chaplain for the Green Bay Packers, where my dad used to coach.”

Coaching is a Family Affair

Taylor and Sarah’s father even worked together, with Taylor joining the A&M coaching staff in 2008. The pair also joined together the Miami Dolphins staff; Taylor as an assistant coach and Mike, as offensive coordinator. 

Sarah looked to her own family when it came time for her to step into the role of coach’s wife. “I always think of how [mom Karen Sherman] remained calm in tough times, no matter my dad’s role,” Sherman recalled.  “Whether it was a position coach or head coach, she was the same. She made sure that she had a normal life, friends, and went to church with us. I have so much respect for her and how she lived her life in such a stressful environment and I ask her questions constantly.”

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